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Students benefit from Texoma school supply drives

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Some of the school supplies collected by Ebby Halliday Realtors in Sherman. (KTEN) Some of the school supplies collected by Ebby Halliday Realtors in Sherman. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Moms and dads know that "free" public school can cost a fortune.

For some families, there simply isn't enough green to go around for school supplies as classes resume. That's where some local businesses are stepping in to help.

"Several years ago, my daughter came home from school and said that one of her classmates was having issues with the teachers because she didn't have her school supplies," said Rhonda Roman of Ebby Halliday Realtors. "So I said, 'Bring her on, we'll go buy her school supplies,' and I started thinking that there might be other kids that don't have school supplies."

After a brief conversation with her coworkers, the Ebby Halliday School Supply Drive was born. Originally set up to help students in Southmayd schools, the campaign now also includes Collinsville and Houston elementary schools.

"If we raise more money this year, we'll move on to other schools," Roman said. 

Their goal is to raise $3,000, all of which will be used to purchase supplies for the students, helping lift the financial burden from families one notebook at a time.

"Especially if there's more than one child, the school supply lists are enormous, and it can cost up to $50 or $60, even $100 per student," Roman said. "It can be a great financial burden on families."

Facility administrator Tiffany Wills said Red River ER is also pitching in.

"School supplies are expensive, so just any little way we can help out, we want to do that," she said.

The Red River ER drive officially started on Tuesday.

"It's going to run for about two weeks, and then we'll distribute it to the two different organizations that we're going to be giving it to," Director of Nursing Janice Shelburne said.

Instead of helping a particular school, they're helping in a unique way: Donating to the North Texas Youth Connection Center and the Grayson County Crisis Center. They're asking the community to donate whatever they can, including markers, pencils and gallon plastic bags.

If you'd like to help out, both locations are accepting cash donations or donations of supplies.

  • Ebby Halladay Realtors, 3445 FM 1417 North, Sherman. Call 903-870-4708.
  • Red River ER, 2022 North U.S. 75, Sherman. Call 903-357-5003.
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