The most recent distribution of school supplies occurred Saturday August 24 at the Sunnyside Storefront Police station at 3511 Reed Street. Mayor Annise Parker, joined by State Representative Borris Miles (D-146) and District D Council Member Wanda Adams, greeted students and parents as community leaders distributed hundreds of back packs, along containing information and basic supplies. Clothing packets including underwear were included for many. Those needing the required immunizations had an opportunity to do so on site, and police officers helped serve free hot dogs snacks and water.
The City of Houston has sponsored 2 or three similar events each Saturday morning at various locations around the city for several weeks. As she stated this morning, the goal of the distributions is to assure that every child in Houston has the basic materials necessary to be ready on the first day of school. She stated that it is particularly moving, yet saddening when children gleefully show thanks for a gift of underwear. “When I was a child, that was considered the worst gift” she said. “Each day that a child falls behind in school work for lack of supplies can become impossible to make up later.”
Mayor Parker then greeted the community and posed for photos with families attending the event.
In separate interviews on any concerns about school safety both Mayor Parker and Representative Miles explained that there are no new developments. Proposed gun control legislation was not enacted. At the local level, the Houston Independent School District has its own police department. The Houston Police Department is responsible for general safety. However, as Houston Police Chief Macllelan stated in an August 15 press conference, during the first three weeks of school, there will be enhanced enforcement of school zone speed limits.