Pack The Bus Meets School Supply Goal

"Pack The Bus" Meets School Supply Goal
Posted on 08/12/2019
This is the image for the news article titled "Pack The Bus" Meets School Supply GoalNo student in Marshall ISD Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade will need to purchase school supplies this year, as the district’s “Pack The Bus” school supply drive met its needed goals to ensure that all needed supplies will be made available to elementary school students in 2019-2020.

With donations of both supplies and money throughout the summer from local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals, “Pack The Bus” has officially met the goals set to start the new school year when the supply drive launched last spring. Any gaps or supplies needed throughout the rest of the year will be provided by MISD.

The bottom line with “Pack The Bus,” and the overall goal, is that students would not have to provide their own supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. With the official finale of the summer school supply push this past Saturday with the district’s “Pack The Bus” day at Walmart, the goal has been met.

The only thing students will be asked to bring to school on Aug. 26 are their own backpack.

Along with a wealth of actual supplies that were donated by various “sponsors” in the community, the district collected a total of $50,858.79 in monetary contributions that will be used to purchase more supplies throughout the year.

The district announced the “Pack The Bus” initiative back in the spring and then accepted both supply sponsorships and monetary donations throughout the summer. Late last month, district officials went around town in a school bus and packed it with supplies that were donated, a haul that literally filled the bus from front to back.

With the cash donations, the district is purchasing more supplies on the Pre-K through 5th grade school supply lists. Students from Marshall High School have helped sort and organize the supply donations, and the supplies will be delivered to elementary school campuses this week.

The idea for “Pack The Bus” arose out of a local church’s desire to minister to local families and students in MISD. Immanuel Baptist Church staff approached MISD administration last spring with an idea for a school supply drive, and that original idea blossomed into “Pack The Bus.”

IBC provided the lead financial gift of $15,000 to kick start the school supply drive, with other churches, businesses and organizations jumping on board with either cash or a donation of actual school supplies.

MISD is grateful to these organizations/groups/churches/businesses who joined as a sponsor for "Pack The Bus" this year:


• Advance America
• Bancorp South Bank - Pinecrest Branch
• Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church
• Capitol One Bank
• Cabot Norit Americas
• Central Baptist Church
• Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
• Creations by B
• Crossroads Baptist Church
• Cypress Junior Women’s Club
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Marshall Alumnae Chapter
• Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Marshall
• First Baptist Church-Marshall
• First United Methodist Day School and Church
• Flourish by Laura Parrish
• Gen-Care/Local Healthcare Providers
• Marshall Ford Lincoln/Maverick Chevrolet
• Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council
• MHS Colorguard
• MHS Mavettes
• Marshall Rotary Club
• Mission Marshall Guests
• Mobberly Baptist Church – Marshall
• Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
• Red River Credit Union
• RVP Construction
• St. Joseph Catholic Church


• Immanuel Baptist Church ($15,000)
• Wal Mart ($3,000)
• Steve and Penny Carlile ($2,500)
• Marshall Education Foundation ($1,500)
• Ted and Angela Huffhines ($1,500)
• East Texas Concrete, LLC - ($1,000)
• McKool Smith ($1,000)
• Meadowbrook Funeral Home - Richard and Melinda Gaulden ($1,000)
• Sam Houston Elementary PTA ($1,000)
• Lewis Engineering Co. ($1,000)
• Eastern Hills Church of Christ ($1,000)
• Citizens Advisory Council ($1,000)
• Summitt United Methodist Church ($890)
• D&T Iron Works - David & Marcy Sellers ($800)
• MISD Administration Staff ($785)
• Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ($700)
• Knox Financial Advising, Inc. ($500)
• Love Cosmetic and General Dentistry, PLLC ($500)
• Master WoodCraft, LLC ($500)
• Brad Morin, District Judge ($500)
• Truelove Law Firm ($500)
• U.S. Title of Harrison County ($500)
• Central Title Company ($500)
• Pilot Club ($500)
• Republic Elite ($500)
• Noon Optimist Club of Marshall ($500)
• A&R Pool Service ($450)
• Chase and Sarah Palmer ($300)
• Diane Seal, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Lenhart Properties ($300)
• Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Upsilon Zeta Chapter and Theta Chapter ($300)
• Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Youth Group ($300)
• Skinner Investment Properties ($300)
• Ned Dennis ($300)
• Brooke Michel, MJHS Math Interventionist ($250)
• Chris Paddie, State Representative ($250)
• Amy Ware, Marshall City Commissioner District 4 ($250)
• Mike and Helen Warwick ($250)
• The UPS Store ($250)
• Home Plus Floors ($250)
• Austin Bank ($200)
• Downs Funeral Home ($200)
• Ernie and Cathy Marshall ($200)
• Serenity Salon and Spa ($200)
• Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce ($200)
• Diane and Jeff Seal ($200)
• Sue Ann Ware ($200)
• David Weaver, MISD Director of Communications & Realtor, Century 21 A Select Group ($200)
• Anne Yappen, Action Realty ($200)
• Austin Christmas - Autobody Express ($200)
• MEDCO Staff ($200)
• Amy & Clay Carlile ($200)
• River City Iron & Metal Inc. - Betty Emery and Wade Emery ($200)
• William B. Travis Elementary PTA ($200)
• Perry’s Hometown Flooring, Inc. ($150)
• Wellness Professional Advisors ($150)
• ELTEC Electrotechnics Corporation ($150)
• Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Marshall ($115.33)
• Cajun Tex Restaurant ($100)
• Marshall FFA ($100)
• Marshall Lions Club ($100)
• Pergan Marshall, LLC ($100)
• Porky’s Smokehouse & Grill, LLC ($100)
• Texas Bank and Trust ($100)
• Terry Turner-Ward, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Lenhart Properties ($100)
• Tony and Lesley Glanton ($100)
• Cook Chiropractic Clinic - Dr. Lance Cook ($100)
• Anne and Sam Mangrum ($100)
• Quinceanera’s Fashion Boutique ($100)
• Thrift Life ($100)
• Patrick Perry, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Lenhart Properties ($50)
• Pam Whisenant, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Lenhart Properties ($50)
• Stormy Nickerson ($50)
• Brandon Smith, Bockmon-Knight & Traylor Insurance Agency ($50)
• Laura’s Barbershop ($40)
• Suzanne and George Carter ($25)
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