More than 100 of San Antonio ISD's newest alumni and their parents came to the Alamo Convocation Center on July 21 to pick out brand new bedding, towels, pillows, laundry hampers and more. SAISD alumni Carmen (Jefferson) and Joe (Lanier) Gamez and the Joe Gamez Law Firm supported the first 75 students at the event. When Carmen stopped by the giveaway she said, "This is an awesome opportunity for the students. I wished I had something like this when I went to college." Many of the individual donors who gave to our dorm room drive were also alumni who shared similar stories with comments like, "I was first-generation too. I remember how difficult it was."
It was exciting to see all of the great local and Texas colleges where our students are headed. It was also fun to visit with those students headed out of state to colleges including: Boston University, Brown, Loyola in Chicago, Princeton, University of Pittsburgh and Emory. For these students, luggage was a must and can be an expensive addition. Thank you to the individuals who answered the call and came by with a donated piece or two of luggage to share.
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