Bright Futures — a group that works to provide for the basic needs of needy students at the Houston School District — kicked off the new school year by hosting a monthly drive within the community to request items needed within the district.

These items are used to benefit the needs of every student, every grade, every day, organizers said.

In September, the event was the  “Undy 800,” a project to collect the most underwear for Tiger Den closets. VIP Properties took first by donating more than 250 pair. Taking second was Silly Daycare with more than 220.

In October, the HHS chapter of Future Business Leaders of America is hosting “Socktober,” hoping to fill school closets with socks to help students who may not have any. They can be dropped off at any collection site or school office.

“Bright Futures Houston believes that with the help of connecting community members, businesses and other organizations we are able to develop relationships to create brighter futures for our children within the community,” said Amy Allen of the group. “Bright Futures Houston provides a framework that brings all organizations and community members and partners them with Houston schools to provide the basic needs to every child. Bright Futures operates through developing relationships, supporting education, channeling resources and removing barriers for our students.

“It is the belief that when communities invest their time, talent and treasures in their schools, students are more likely to stay in school through graduation and have a higher degree of self-worth and confidence. In doing so, we will empower children to learn, lead and serve now and in the future.”

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