Earlier this week, sixth-graders at Jane A. Hambric School were treated to a new backpack and school supplies from The Great Khalid Foundation at a special presentation at the school.
Hambric was one of three schools selected throughout the city by the foundation for the back-to-school giveaway, which generously helped some 100 students at the campus.
The sentiment of thankfulness rang throughout the gym at Hambric where the backpacks were distributed. Students waited eagerly in line to receive their backpacks filled with supplies and many held large colorful signs thanking The Great Khalid Foundation.
“It makes me feel proud, it makes me feel happy,” said Linda Wolfe, executive director of The Great Khalid Foundation and Khalid’s mother, upon accepting the many signs gifted to her. “It makes me feel like everything that we are doing is worth it.”
The Great Khalid Foundation is a non-profit founded to give back to the families in the city of El Paso. The foundation works to alleviate some of the financial burden for parents and provide students with opportunities to succeed.
“(The backpacks) are expensive, and we know that it’s a need,” Wolfe said. “We didn’t want parents to incur costs.”
The students were more than grateful and excited to receive the backpacks from the foundation created by the singer Khalid, who is an SISD alumnus and Americas High School graduate.
Student Giselle Aguirre had a message for her generous donor that was unanimous with that of her peers, “Thank you Khalid and we all love you.”
Hambric principal Joanne Anguiano said the school wrote an essay to The Great Khalid Foundation about the school’s demographics, students’ needs, academics, and the way they support their students’ education to be considered for the backpack giveaway.
“One of the very important things that The Great Khalid Foundation did was help a lot of our students who come from a low economic status and a lot of what’s on their mind is that they don’t have materials ready,” Anguiano said.
“We want to take that off their mind so they can just focus on their academics, to be ready and prepared to hit the ground running. We want to get them prepared for life.”
This year, the foundation joined KISS FM’s Mike and Tricia’s Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive. Wolfe said they decided on the partnership based on the radio team’s continued dedication to the community of El Paso over the last 23 years.
The backpacks and school supplies given to the Hambric students were donated by Walmart. Other supporters of this year’s Stuff the School Bus Drive were First Light Federal Credit Union, El Paso Electric and Western Tech.
Ramon Mendoza, a sixth-grader at Hambric, was thrilled to receive his Marvel-themed backpack.
“I want to be a singer like Khalid,” Mendoza said.
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