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Whitesboro students get free supplies

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WHITESBORO, Texas --  If you put pencil to paper and do the math, school supplies can be expensive.

That's why Whitesboro Independent School District is putting that into the equation and "solving" the problem, by providing school supplies for all their students this coming school year. 

"Around September last year, we met with the board, and they said this was something they would like for us to do and financially we can do it,"  said Assistant Superintendent Matt Davenport. 

Davenport said that it took years of smart budgeting to come up with $50,000 to buy supplies for all students kindergarten through high school, and he says it was well worth the money.

"Here at Whitesboro we try, we strive for our kids to be successful and we give to the band and to the athletics," says Davenport, "and if we want them to be successful in academics we believe we need to give them those tools to be successful."

It's also something parents can get behind as well, especially single mom Michaella Eldredge. "Sometimes it can be very difficult for a single parent to buy school supplies especially when the list seems to grow every year," she said. 

Teachers also give the program an A+.

"It just takes the burden off of them its just an amazing thing," says 2nd grade educator and parent Suzanne Cunningham, "I'm very excited that they are doing this for us."

April Ollila, a 5th grade teacher and parent, added:  "For them to actually invest it in our students and not just some of our students but all k through 8, it makes a huge difference for our community."

Administrators say all students  need to buy is a backpack and three-ring binder.

They also tell us the first shipment of Clorox wipes came in Friday, and they hope to have all supplies ready for students on the first day of school.
 

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