MAURICEVILLE, Texas — One organization is stepping up to help teachers and students at Mauriceville Elementary by donating backpacks, school supplies and books. 

The Kids in Need Foundation donated school supplies during a giveaway Wednesday to more than 600 students and 70 staff members in a giveaway in the cafeteria. 

Teachers got special tote bags full of supplies, like paper towels, for classrooms. 

Students were given backpacks filled with pencils, markers, notebooks and books. 

It's part of the group's Second Responder program, which works to help communities following damage caused by violent storms.  

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From a Kids in Need Foundation news release: 

The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national nonprofit dedicated to providing free school supplies to students most in need, announces today that KINF’s Second Responder® program will donate student and teacher school supplies to an Orange, Texas elementary school impacted by tornadoes which devastated parts of North Texas in late October. The donation event, benefitting 600 students and 70 staff, will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Mauriceville Elementary (20040 FM1130, Orange, TX 77632).

The donation, part of KINF’s Second Responder® program, is part of an ongoing effort to support this Texas community following the damage caused by violent storms. Last week, Kids In Need Foundation hosted an event supporting a Dallas, TX elementary school, and this week KINF returns to the Beaumont area, which has received Second Responder® support following 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. The program operates during the recovery period following disasters and works with local authorities, schools, and select sponsors to help kids return to normal routines. It is the only national program of its kind.

“This school, this community, has been through so much with repeated storm damage, the destruction and its effect on learning is long-lasting,” said Corey Gordon, CEO of The Kids In Need Foundation. “We’re proud our Second Responder program can help ease the burden on families and teachers as they recover and can ensure that returning to the classroom means returning to normalcy.”

The event, sponsored by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the 2019 National Sponsor of the Second Responder® program, will feature a giveaway presentation in the school cafeteria for all 600+ students and staff. Teachers will receive special tote bags of supplies for their classrooms including Sparkle® paper towels. Students will each receive new backpacks filled with much needed school supplies including pencils, markers, notebooks and more, as well as books courtesy of Scholastic Book Fairs.

“When a natural disaster strikes a school, it’s traumatizing for students and teachers, and school needs to a place where students feel secure and able to achieve again,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s senior director of Community Initiatives. “We are proud to partner with the Second Responder program to replace the critical supplies this school has lost and help them recover.”

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