Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 23, 2013

It’s that time of year

Area groups provide school supplies

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — It's that time of year. School will be starting in a little over a month.  There is a great need in Henderson County to supply school supplies to area children.

The Family Peace Project is just one of those organizations trying to make sure their clients and children are equipped to start school. Each year, the list of children needing help is growing. This year is no different.

FPP Director Marlena Taylor said, “I already have 23 children who have signed up for school supplies and it's only July.”

The Family Peace Project is a Christ-centered organization providing a place of refuge and resources to victims of family violence. Unfortunately, they can only provide school supplies for families that are part of the Family Peace Project.

“We just don't have the resources to provide for any more than we already have,” said Taylor.

Taylor explains the ideal situation is to adopt one of the 23 children and purchase their entire list of supplies. A child can be adopted by contacting Marlena Taylor at 903-677-9177.

Taylor will provide the child's first name, grade and the school the child attends. School supply lists can be found at Walmart, or FPP will provide a list of supplies.

“It's important we get supplies for each child,” Taylor said. “The young ones feel really bad when they go to school without all the supplies needed.” 

Kids range in ages  from kindergarten to high school students.

Taylor said that if you don't have the time to adopt a child and purchase school supplies, a cash donation is always welcome. FPP currently has children from the Athens and Cross Roads ISD that will need to be adopted.

There are other options if your child is not part of the Family Peace Project. The Henderson County Help Center is screening students for the Athens ISD Back to School Bash.

The Athens Bash will be held on Aug. 10 at the Athens High School Gym from 9 a.m. to noon.

Help Center Executive Director Leslie Saunders said each person must be pre-qualified by the Help Center. Registration starts at the Help Center, located at 309 Royal St., Athens on  Thursday July 25, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday July 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration requires picture ID and proof of residence. The proof of residence can include a utility bill or anything with a current address. If there are new students to Athens ISD, proof of registering for school will be necessary.

To receive a backpack and supplies at the Athens Back to School Bash students must qualify for free or reduced lunches.

On Wednesday, Aug. 14. the Children's Clothing Ministry of First Baptist Church, Athens, will be distributing a limited amount of Athens ISD-approved uniforms from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The uniforms are in new to good condition and will be distributed while supplies last. Child must be registered with AISD. Parents must have a picture ID. First Baptist Church, Athens, is located at 402 E. College St., Athens.

The option for the rest of the county is provided by the Christian Community Restoration. The CCR at Cedar Creek Lake has planned a Cedar Creek Lake Back to School Bash to be held at the Mabank Pavilion. The event will be on Saturday, Aug. 10.

In addition to a backpacks filled with school supplies, the Bash will include free haircuts, free immunizations, vision screenings, food and Bibles which will be distributed.

Leslie Ward, one of the organizers of the Bash, said parents will need to provide proof of residence for Mabank, Kemp, Eustace, Trinidad and Malakoff ISDs.

The day at the Pavilion will include a 5K run and a car/motorcycle show. Participants can register for the walk at The car show and the walk can also be registered at

Ward said, “Last year, we provided supplies for 500 school kids. Our goal this year is 700.”

All proceeds from the run and car show will go back into providing supplies for area children.