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District kicks off 'Operation First Day of School 2011’'

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Submitted photo Waxahachie Independent School District’s Operation First Day of School 2011 Honorary Co-Chairs From left:  WHS Senior Justin Fox; Paul Stevens, Waxahachie City Manager; Jennifer Stevens; and Marisa Price, WHS Junior. Submitted photo Waxahachie Independent School District’s Operation First Day of School 2011 Honorary Co-Chairs From left: WHS Senior Justin Fox; Paul Stevens, Waxahachie City Manager; Jennifer Stevens; and Marisa Price, WHS Junior.

Submitted by Nicole Mansell 

WAXAHACHIE - Waxahachie Independent School District is excited to announce plans for “Operation First Day of School 2011!!”

Operation First Day of School (OFDoS) was established in 2009 to benefit Waxahachie ISD students in need by supplying them with free school supplies, free clothing (new or gently used), free immunizations, free haircuts and free dental screenings and fluoride treatments. 

More than half of the district’s student population, 52 percent, is economically disadvantaged with these numbers coming straight from the district’s free & reduced lunch program numbers – a program that is governed by federal guidelines. 

Operation First Day of School will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Turner Learning Center from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. 

Since 2009, Operation First Day of School has assisted more than 1,300 families and nearly 3,000 students. 

The event is made possible through donations of time and money by the Waxahachie community. WISD students must qualify for the services they receive and goods are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. 

Operation First Day of School 2011 Honorary Co-Chairs, are Paul & Jennifer Stevens and WHS senior, Justin Fox and WHS Junior, Marisa Price. 

These four individuals will lead the OFDoS executive planning team in securing monetary donations, school supplies, new and gently used clothing and volunteers. 

“I am very proud to be a part of Operation First Day of School because it is a wonderful program that equips Waxahachie students with the tools they need to excel starting from the first day of school,” stated Justin Fox, 2011 Honorary Student Co-Chair and WHS senior. 

“I am happy to be able to serve, once again, as the honorary student co-chair because the event brings the community together and shows that when we work together, anything is possible.”

WHS Junior and 2011 Honorary Student Co-Chair, Marisa Price, is also excited to be part of Operation First Day of School. “I am looking forward to helping out families who are in need,” she said. “I always love a wonderful chance to give back to my community, and I feel like Operation First Day of School is a great way to do so.”

The district is seeking donations of new or gently used clothing and school supplies.

A generic school supply list is available for those businesses and organizations who wish to conduct a school supply drive.

The district is asking that donated clothing be washed and clothing still on hangers is preferred. 

Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, Aug. 2 and may be dropped off at the WISD administration building. 

Numerous volunteers are also needed for the event. 

Volunteers must fill out a volunteer form and return it no later than Friday, July 22 to the WISD Administration building. 

To obtain a volunteer form, contact the WISD Administration offices.

General school supplies needed: #2 pencils, pens (black, blue and red), highlighters, map pencils/map colors, construction paper (12”-18”), manila paper (12”-18”), crayons (8 count and 24 count), bottle of Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, erasers (for tops of pencils or the kind you hold), wide-ruled notebook paper, 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks (wide ruled paper), folders (with the pockets and brads), Fiskars school scissors (blunt point and sharp point), large boxes of facial tissue, zip lock bags (1 gallon and 1 quart size), standard ruler, plastic pencil box; optional school supplies needed: backpacks (No rolling backpacks). backpacks tend to be the item that runs out 

first, new or gently used clothing, new clothing or clothing that is still in good condition (shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, etc..), new or gently used coats and jackets, please wash clothing prior to dropping off at the WISD Administration Building. Clothing still on hangers is preferred. If you need hangers, please contact Nicole Mansell and she can provide them for you. 

“The first day of school is a time of new beginnings,” said Paul and Jennifer Stevens, 2011 Honorary Co-Chairs. Stevens, Waxahachie City Manager, and his wife Jennifer, have agreed to be the adult honorary co-chairs for this year’s event. 

“We both remember the excitement of our children when they had their new clothes and school supplies and were ready to start the new school year. Some of our favorite pictures are those of our daughters with their new backpack on their back and smiling as they leave the house for their first day of school. 

“This is something we have always taken for granted. Unfortunately, many kids in our school district don’t have the means to get the basic supplies and clothing needed to start school, not to mention immunizations, dental care and haircuts. We hope you will join us in supporting Operation First Day of School.” 

Parents and community members wishing to obtain more information on Operation First Day of School are encouraged to contact Nicole Mansell, Waxahachie ISD Director of Public Relations, at 972-923-4631 or nmansell@wisd.org. 

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