Miss El Paso Teen Raelynne George carried more than her crown and sash to Ross Middle School during a visit on Wednesday.
The beauty queen brought 30 backpacks filled with school supplies for students at the school. George, a Burges Early College graduate, who chose education as her platform, was honored to help out fellow EPISD students.
“It feels absolutely amazing because EPISD has given me everything and made me the person I am today — whether it was through a teacher, a counselor and even principal,” she said. “They encouraged me to continue my education and get to the point I am now.”
She is fundraising to purchase uniforms for students in need and planning on visiting the El Paso Children’s Hospital.
“I come from a family of educators who always taught me that knowledge is power,” she said. “I want to instill that in our students and our community, starting at elementary and middle schools by making sure they have all the supplies they need.”
Eighth-grade teacher Yvonne Rivera knows the donation will make an impact on students.
“We didn’t know she would be coming by, but it was a pleasant surprise. It’s a needed resource for the students. I, along with many other teachers help out with supplies so this is really going to come in handy for the students,” Rivers said.
“I’m glad she’s taking the initiative to give back to her community. We are proud of her, and what she’s doing.”