11 Sep School Supply Train
The Junior League School Supply Train is one of our shining stars! Taking place since 1993, this program provides free school supplies, uniforms, and a new pair of shoes to area children who meet income eligibility requirements.
Since its inception, the Junior League of Longview, Inc. has pumped over $697,000 back into East Texas and provided school supplies for over 59,000 children. In its early days, the School Supply Train distributed the supplies in large paper bags donated from Brookshire’s Grocery Store. Buckner Family Services joined alongside the Junior League to screen eligible participants in 1995 and in 2003 First Baptist Church of Longview came aboard as well by providing their facility, The Roc, to host the event.
In 2015, the Junior League School Supply Train provided backpacks stuffed with school supplies to over 3,200 children throughout Gregg County. The objective of the event is to give each child the ability to begin the new school year prepared to study.
To receive the free supplies and uniforms, parents must bring a photo ID for themselves, proof of school enrollment of each child (such as a report card or schedule), and proof of the family’s household income, such as a pay stub, Medicaid card or letter of benefits received and the child’s immunization record (if needing immunizations). The free and reduced lunch scales that schools use are the guideline for determining who is eligible for the free supplies and uniforms. The number of children in a family and any extenuating circumstances are also factors in determining participation.