Today, Allstate agency owners and employees delivered and organized new books for one of four Houston Independent School District (HISD) elementary schools’ libraries destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.Through an Allstate Foundation grant of $400,000, more than 27,000 new books have restocked the library shelves of Braeburn, Hilliard, Mitchell and Scarborough Elementary Schools, putting essential learning resources back in the hands of students and teachers.
During the volunteer event at Scarborough Elementary Relocation Campus (formerly Terrell Middle School), Allstate agency owners and employees refilled library shelves and read stories aloud to the students during a “lunch and learn” session, in observance of National Tell a Story Day. At a school-wide “Rebuilding Our Readers” program event, HISD officials received an oversized check and a large cart full of books to fill the library shelves. The program also featured remarks from Allstate Texas Field Senior Vice President Larry Sedillo, HISD Trustee and Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Scarborough Elementary Principal Miriam Medina.
“The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt across the Houston area, so in turn, we are continuing our commitment to helping Texans return to their normal lives following the disaster,” said Sedillo.
“We’re very proud of our Allstate agency owners and employees who contributed to rebuilding the Houston-area schools’ libraries, demonstrating their passion for restoring an invaluable resource for youth in our community,” said Allstate Texas Field Senior Vice President Larry Sedillo.
The book restoration for the four elementary schools was made possible by an Allstate Foundation grant awarded to the Houston Independent School District. The grant is part of Allstate and The Allstate Foundation’s $1.5 million commitment to assist people and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
“The Houston Independent School District is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to partner with The Allstate Foundation to rebuild our libraries. This effort reinforces the literacy efforts of our faculty and staff while offering our students expanded reading opportunities,” said Skillern-Jones. “Instilling the joy and importance of reading in our students is a priority for us, and we are excited about what this adds to our students’ abilities.”