For the third straight year, the Carroll ISD community has shown that compassionate service is more than just one of the district’s core values. Last week, Carroll ISD and Ozarka Spring Water challenged all 11 CISD campuses to participate in a gift card drive to benefit a local outreach program for women and children.
This year, the campus that raised the most total dollars amount in gift cards would receive the 2018 Compassion Cup. This year’s “Ozarka Give Back Challenge” was benefitting our neighbors at The Gatehouse in Grapevine, a supportive living community where women and children leaving a crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent positive change.
The previous two years of the “Ozarka Give Back Challenge” saw the community step in huge ways to donate over 6,000 pounds of food to local Dallas-Fort Worth food pantries in 2016 and donate over $36,000 dollars in gift cards to school districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
During a five-day period from September 10-14, CISD students, staff and families donated more than $13,000. Added to that total was Ozarka’s donation 5,000 bottles of water to The Gatehouse in Grapevine.
The three schools with the most total donations were announced during the first half of the football game on September 14. Carroll Senior High School raised $2,525, Carroll Elementary raised 2,692.08, and Johnson Elementary brought in $3,955 in gift cards. Johnson Elementary will receive the Compassion Cup during an upcoming assembly on campus, unfortunately, they were not able to be announced that the football game due to a lengthy weather delay.
About Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water
As a natural resource company providing a healthy bottled beverage, Ozarka® and its parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, are dedicated to producing high quality bottled water in a sustainable way. This includes reducing the amount of plastic in its bottles and packaging, investing in hybrid transportation technology, increasing internal recycling, regionalizing bottling facilities, constructing LEED® certified buildings, and sponsoring recycling initiatives nationally. Nationwide, Nestlé Waters manages spring sites across the United States and maintains nearly 14,000 acres of natural watershed area. In East Texas, Ozarka® preserves more than 2,000 acres of land and operates LEED® certified bottling facility that employs more than 230 people.