Seventy-one students in Argyle will begin the school year with new clothes and fresh school supplies thanks to contributions collected by the Argyle Community Civic League.
For 16 years, the league has been providing students in need with the proper essentials to start their school years off right.
“If a child is confident on their first day, it sets the tone for the entire year,” said Sherry Cargile, president of the Argyle Community Civic League.
Twelve women make up this league of mothers concerned about the district’s students who fall underneath the federal poverty guidelines.
It was their “Spring 2014 Tour of Homes” fundraiser that brought $7,000 to the district’s students.
“The majority of these children attend Hilltop Elementary, but every child on our list will get clothes and school supplies,” Cargile said. “It does not matter if they are in Pre-K or 12th grade.”
Cargile says it takes the league about three weeks to purchase and distribute all of the items.
Clothes are purchased at Kohls, and in return the district receives a $500 grant. School supplies are purchased at various stores.
CrossTimbers Church helped out by donating new backpacks and shoes, while one mother in the district provided all of the school supplies for the 16 high school students.
“Our community has been very helpful,” Cargile said. “We all want successful kids in this district, so we have stepped up to the plate.”
Argyle ISD Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright appreciates the community’s hard work, especially as the new school year approaches.
“The students feel excited about being able to attend school with new clothing and the necessary supplies,” Dr. Wright said. “I appreciate the Community Civic League making it possible for students to be ready for their first day of school.”
This year, the league also plans to help out these student’s families throughout the holiday season.
For more information on Argyle ISD and the Community Civic League, visit www.argyleisd.com.
Brianna Vela is a public relations intern for the Argyle Independent School District.