Texas border affairs
McAllen, Texas – Village in the Valley (ViVa) once again welcomed students at Frank Roberts Elementary School in San Benito this fall with school supplies donated by its members and community members.
This year’s annual back-to-school campaign was necessary as supplies and student learning materials were donated to ease the transition to in-person learning. ViVa members, community members and local businesses responded eagerly to calls for help, donating school supplies and $ 1,000 for distribution to students who needed it most.
The donation was also particularly significant as Frank Roberts Elementary was the school black residents attended after desegregation.
“I am so grateful to the businesses, community members and members of ViVa who help ensure that students have what it takes to help make this transition as successful as possible, especially Church’s Chicken who was the biggest financial contributor, ”said Dr Therese Gatling, Co-President of ViVa.
Marsha Terry, co-chair of ViVa, said the community’s generosity never ceases to amaze her.
Terry praised the entire committee’s tireless efforts to include Ms. Sandra Tumberlinson, Treasurer of the Callandret Black History Museum in San Benito. The only black story south of San Antonio.
“It’s a team effort, and this team works so hard to make sure that as many classrooms as possible get the support they badly need,” said Terry.