Initially, a lack of funding jeopardized the annual DeSoto ISD Back to School Fair, but a local nonprofit has partnered with Comerica Bank to bring the event back to life.
Comerica teamed with DeSoto-based 501c3 We the Village to provide grant funding totaling over $7,000 to purchase supply packs for registered families, the district said in a news release.
“As a relationship bank, serving and supporting our community during this unique time is of critical importance to Comerica,” said Irvin Ashford, Jr. Comerica Bank Chief Community Officer. “Our North Texas African American Business Resource Group chair and local banking center manager Trenessia Smith, who also resides in this area, brought this void to our attention and we felt it was our responsibility to provide the much-needed resources for the DeSoto ISD students. It’s simply delivering on our promise to raise expectations of what a bank can be in the communities we serve.”
Other community partners who contributed efforts included Kroger’s BackPack Boosters, Atmos Energy, Costco, Access Self-Storage, the DeSoto Rotary Club, A2E2, Bank of DeSoto, XPO Logistics, and the DeSoto Domestic Violence Advisory Commission.
The fair will be a drive-through event set for Oct. 10. Along the route, families will be able to view information about campus programs and area resources from their car. Registration is closed for both the supplies and resource display.