The Back-to-School Rally, to benefit the children of McKinney Independent School District will take place this Saturday, August 10 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at J.W. Webb Elementary in McKinney. This event is a volunteer-led project that provides free back to school haircuts and hairstyles, school supplies, and hygiene items to MISD students in need. Their mission is to help build confidence and positive attitudes by providing back-to-school essentials to the economically disadvantaged youth of MISD.
In addition to supporting students with school and hygiene items, the event will include musical entertainment, food, and a motivational rally.
The rally has grown over the years through the efforts of a community who desire to aid those in the community in which they live. This event serves several hundred people, annually. Since its inception, this event has raised over $20,000 dollars in financial contributions as well as several thousand dollars in goods and services contributions. All of the donations to this event are used to address the needs of children in our local community.
As of the 2017-18 school year, McKinney had an elementary school student population of 11,075 students. 4,014 (36%) of those students were economically disadvantaged, meaning they qualified for free or reduced-price lunch or received other public assistance. Wanda Johnson, a Community Liaison, who works with MISD middle school students shared a story about one student who has received aid through this program since elementary school. This student was homeless and through her own hard work and generous donations, she recently graduated high school and started college last Fall. We hope to have many more stories like this as a result of our program.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2744739792219346/