Waxahachie ISD is looking to give students in need a hand up to start the school year off on the right foot but needs the community’s involvement to be successful. 

The district will hold its Operation First Day of School from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at Clift Elementary School. The event provides students with items ranging from school supplies and backpacks to clothing and more. 

Operation First Day of School has assisted more than 2,000 families and 7,000 children since its inception in 2009. 

“Any parent will tell you that there are a number of expenses involved when it is time to go back to school (like) school supplies, new school clothes, backpacks and more,” a district spokesman said. “Many parents cannot afford to purchase these items for one child, much less if there are several school children in the household. 

“This major initiative will only be made possible through partnering with the wonderful Waxahachie community,” the spokesman said. “The district is looking to partner with businesses, organizations, churches and individuals to help us acquire school supplies, monetary donations and volunteers to help run the event.”

According to the WISD website, the district’s student population now numbers more than 9,000 students – and nearly half of those students are economically disadvantaged. 

School supply donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the WISD administration building, 411 N. Gibson St. The deadline to drop off donations is Thursday, Aug. 1. 

Monetary donations to purchase supplies also are accepted and may be dropped off at the administration building or mailed and marked to the attention of the district’s public relations department. 

For questions about the event, volunteering opportunities or to learn more about student eligibility requirements, contact WISD director of public relations Jenny Bridges at 972-923-4631.

School Supply List for Donations

Pre-K (est. cost $25) 

24 No. 2 pencils 

Four bottles Elmer’s school glue 

One package Crayola washable markers (8-count, classic colors) 

One box Crayola crayons (24-count) 

Two plastic pocket folders with brads (red and blue)

One Prang watercolor set (8 colors) 

Fiskars school scissors (blunt tip) 

Kindergarten – Second Grade (est. cost $30) 

24 No. 2 pencils 

One bottle Elmer’s school glue

One package Crayola washable markers (8-count, classic colors) 

Two boxes Crayola crayons (24-count) 

Two Elmer’s glue sticks 

One Pink Pearl eraser 

One plastic pencil box 

One package wide-rule notebook paper 

Five plastic pocket folders with brads (red, blue, yellow, orange and green) 

Fiskars school scissors (blunt tip) 

Two 70-page wide-rule spiral notebooks

One Mead-style composition notebook (wide-rule) 

Third Grade – Fifth Grade (est. cost $45)

24 No. 2 pencils 

2-inch binder 

Plastic dividers with pockets and tabs (set of 8) 

One package Crayola washable markers (8-count, classic colors) 

One box Crayola crayons (24-count) 

One box Crayola map pencils (8-count) 

One bottle Elmer’s school glue 

Two Elmer’s glue sticks 

Two black or blue ballpoint pens

Two red ballpoint pens 

One package wide-rule notebook paper 

Zipper pencil bag (three-hole punched)

Six plastic folders with pockets and brads (red, blue, yellow, green, orange and purple) 

Fiskars school scissors (sharp point) 

Four 70-page wide-rule spiral notebooks 

Two yellow highlighters 

Two Mead-style composition notebooks (wide rule) 

Junior High/High School 

One 3-inch binder 

Plastic dividers with pockets and tabs (set of 8) 

Two packages college-rule notebook paper 

Zipper pencil bag (three-hole punched) 

Black or blue ballpoint pens 

Mechanical pencils 

Highlighters (yellow) 

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