Written by Colleen Ahern
Families were turned away in droves from Irving High School Saturday, Aug. 17 after lining up to receive free school supplies. The supplies were provided by Supplies for Success, a fund sponsored by the City of Irving Fire Department and Irving Mayor, Beth Van Duyne. The drive began at nine in the morning and was scheduled to continue until two, but ended around 12:30 when the shortage of supplies was announced. Families who did not receive supplies were given a voucher, which children were told to redeem on the first day of school.
At 12:30, a line of families snaked around Irving High School and extended through the parking lot onto the sidewalk. Students were referred to the Supplies for Success drive by their school counselors and came to receive a back pack filled with the school supplies required by Irving ISD. Jessica, a volunteer with Supplies for Success, said that the cost of school supplies for just one child can really add up.
“It’s not just the back pack, it’s everything that goes in it,” Jessica said. “I stuffed several, and when you count everything that goes in them, the different colored folders, the crayons (they have to be Crayola)—all the things that are on the list provided by the school district—it adds up to $50 per bag. So if you have two kids, that’s $100 just for school supplies.”