On Thursday morning, Protect America made a special visit to Bluebonnet Elementary School in Round Rock, TX—just a few minutes away from where our headquarters is located. We dropped off about 250 pounds of school supplies just in time for the students get back into the school season; they would be coming in to meet their teachers and see their classrooms for the first time on Friday.
In just two weeks, the generous Protect America team members donated boxes and boxes of school supplies—enough to fill 34 tote bags full of supplies.
It was such a blast meeting the teachers and administration of the school! We were so excited to see them; we appreciate all that they do for the community.
As we dropped the supplies off in the library, where children who were unable to bring their own school supplies will be able to grab a bag and place it into their classroom, we noticed how colorful and fun the library was!
Principal Gabi Nino told us the story of the library. It used to be a bit plain with white walls and even unfinished drywall behind the shelves. They did some research and ultimately brought the kids into the library to pick out colors for the walls. They had the entire library repainted the bright and happy colors.
The space is open; there are no doors. It has become something of a community center for learning, since there aren’t any public libraries nearby, and transportation can be a challenge for a large percentage of the children. After school, the space also hosts tutors, who often meet with students ranging from middle school all the way to high school. Rachael Brunson, the community partnerships supervisor for Round Rock ISD, told us that
“Round Rock ISD has just under 46,000 students. Our responsibility as a district is to make sure all of our students receive a world class education. This is an enormous undertaking, and our schools rely on community partners like Protect America to ensure the success of our students. We greatly appreciate Protect America’s donation of school supplies to Bluebonnet Elementary! Your donation will ensure that many students have supplies on the first day of school.”
We are so proud to be a part of this community, and helping the kids at Bluebonnet Elementary who need and deserve it is the least we could do to give back in our local area. One of our team members, Ana Constancio (pictured below, center), said that the experience was especially meaningful to her:
“Having an elementary school child myself, it is an honor to be a part of an organization that is willing to contribute to the community and help those who are less fortunate. The ‘Back to School’ season requires parents to provide more than just school supplies—sometimes for more than one child—so every little bit helps. I am proud to be a part of this contribution and so happy to work with wonderful people who are so giving.”
Bluebonnet Elementary, thank you for everything you do for our kids. We are happy to help in any way we can. We can’t wait to see what you do this year and the dreams you will inspire in your students and their future.