The Commerce Journal

July 11, 2013

Communities in Schools helping students succeed

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The summer break is already halfway over and many parents are already shopping for back-to-school supplies.

But with 30 percent of Commerce’s population living below the poverty level, some cannot afford all the supplies that help a student achieve success in school.

That is where Communities in Schools Dallas Region (CIS) is stepping in.

To help get a head start on giving school supplies to students who lack them, CIS began its annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign this week.

“It will be going now until Aug. 13,” Nancy Laws, Commerce High School campus manager for CIS, said.

More than 200 Commerce students were helped by CIS last year, and Laws said it’s a good feeling to help people.

“It’s wonderful. You know you’re making a difference,” she said. “They are so grateful to have the items.”

Residents can drop off school supplies such as backpacks, pens and pencils, notebooks, rulers and other materials at Brookshire’s or at CHS from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.