The Communities In Schools program at McWhirter Elementary School focuses on providing basic needs. We are grateful to our campus and community for helping us with various events throughout the year.
Many families are unable to purchase clothing for their children. As a result, children wear the same clothes everyday, wear ill-fitting clothing, or have clothing in poor condition. CIS has a fully stocked clothes closet with shoes in all children's sizes where parent are able to "shop" and take what they need for their children. Also, if children soil their clothing they are given fresh ones so they do not need to be sent home.
CIS Free Book Fair
Every student at McWhirter Elementary will receive at least one (1) book during the year to keep and bring home so they can build their own home libraries. Students are very excited to have their own book and this will encourage reading comprehension at home.
Backpack Buddy Program:
The Houston Food Bank delivers 30 pre-made bags of food each week to be distributed amongst the neediest families every week to prevent food instability over the weekends.
School Supply Closet
Many families lack resources to provide new and / or replacement school supply items. In addition, teachers often pay out of pocket for needed class room materials. With the help of donated supplies from local churches and organizations, CIS has a school supply closet where students and teachers can come for needed items.
Hygiene Items Collection:
CIS has hygiene items for any student in need of these materials. Students often need small items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoos, soap, deodorant, and brushes/combs. We often conduct drives to collect these much needed items.
Holiday and Spring Break Food Bags
Webster Presbyterian Church donates enough money to supply 150 students with a bag of food for 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches. CIS purchases the items ans and CIS student leaders assist in assembling the bags.
CIS students in need of additional academic and social skills assistance are paired up throughout the year with a mentor who visits the campus weekly.
Several students from all grade levels are invited to have lunch in the CIS office once a week to participate in the Lunch Bunch.
CIS recently hosted a 5th grade surprise party to present donated sporting equipment for recess activities. Pizza, ice cream and drinks were provided by the PTA. Special guest Sarah Pepper from Hot 95.7 and Houston Dynamo player Brian Ching. Sports equipment donated by various organizations.
During the Holiday season CIS – Bay Area Campus Coordinators match economically disadvantaged families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Christmas can be a very stressful time for these families and this program brings them a little joy. Without the benefit of an adoption, these families would be looking forward to a very grim holiday.
One of the many resources CIS-Bay Area offers students is furnishing school supplies. These supplies are always needed at the beginning of the year, but CIS distributes supplies everyday to students who cannot afford them. The most needed school supplies are:
- Backpacks Crayons
- Single (1) subject Spiral Notebooks
- Colored Pencils
- Folders with and without Brads
- Wide Ruled Paper
- Composition Books
- Glue and Glue Sticks
- Rulers, Erasers, Scissors
- Pencils and Pencil Bags
- Hand Sanitizer and Tissue