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Donor Spotlight: Alvin ISD “The Day”

On Saturday, September 8th, Alvin ISD worked to accomplish an unprecedented goal: to have every student, faculty member, and staff member engage in a day of service. The idea of “The Day” came from Alvin ISD’s superintendent, Dr. Gilcrease. He was so impressed by the way the community and school district came together after Harvey, that he wanted to do something to continue to help. He challenged every Alvin ISD school to participate in a day of giving. At each school, every grade level was able to decide how they wanted to “pay if forward.”

The fifth-grade team at Mary Burks Marek Elementary decided to partner with The Way Home Welcome Home Fund for its day of service activity! “By embracing a heart of service, we can have a tremendous impact on our entire community, while also instilling and affirming the values of service and care in our students and in ourselves,” said Ms. Jennifer Chenault, 5th Grade Science Teacher Mary Marek Elementary.

The goal was for the class to assemble “Welcome Baskets” for homeless clients moving into Permanent Supportive Housing. Ahead of the event, the class had been asking for donations in hopes of assembling as many Welcome Baskets as possible. On September 8, students gathered at their school to assemble the baskets. Students and families were welcome to participate by collecting materials, making cards, or assembling baskets. “We know that many individuals transitioning from homelessness into an apartment can use a little boost in the form of home essentials and well wishes,” said Ms. Chenault.

The drive proved to be a huge success and the 5th grade students and parents were able to assemble 34 Welcome Baskets! “Our Welcome Home Fund Drive on Saturday when really well!” said Ms. Chenault. “The students loved participating, making cards and baskets and helping carry them for us. We look forward to completing this drive again next year!”

The Way Home would like to thank the team at Mary Burks Marek Elementary – especially Ms. Chenault and her 5th grade class – for thinking of the Welcome Home Fund as the beneficiary of their service project. Welcome Baskets donated will go directly to partners of the Way Home to distribute to newly housed clients throughout the Houston region. If you would like to learn more about the Welcome Home Fund and how you can help, please contact Renee Cavazos at