This past week, Carroll ISD held its 4th annual Give Back Challenge benefiting the Stepping Stones Foundation of Keller. The 11 CISD schools competed to see who could raise the most amount of money in gift cards. Once again, the gift card drive was widely successful across the district.
This year’s Give Back Challenge benefits The Stepping Stones Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth in North Texas. They provide children with vital access to emergency housing, food, clothing, and medical care and also offer an array of services aimed towards empowering youth and instilling them with the necessary tools to make positive life decisions.
As part of the Give Back challenge, the CISD campus that raised the largest dollar amount in gift cards was announced at the Green Out game on Friday, September 27 and will be awarded the Ozarka® Compassion Cup at a school assembly.
During a five day span from September 23-27, families across Carroll ISD donated an impressive grand total of $18,629. The Carroll ISD community has once again truly put the district’s core value of compassionate service into action.
This year, the top three schools that donated the largest dollar amount in gift cards (from smallest to largest) are Carroll Elementary, Johnson Elementary, and Walnut Grove Elementary respectively. Walnut Grove Elementary is this year’s Compassion Cup winner and will be awarded the cup during an upcoming assembly on campus.
About the Stepping Stones Foundation
The Stepping Stones Foundation has helped at-risk and homeless children since 2009. They have worked hard to create awareness in the community and establish relationships with Child Protective Services, school intervention counselors and local law enforcement to refer children in need. As they meet these elementary, middle or high-school children, they perform a needs assessment, and resources or services are provided based upon availability. Some of those basic needs can be supplied with gift cards from grocery stores, Walmart, Target and fast-food restaurants. Older students, who may be essentially on their own, value gift cards from Uber and Lyft to help them get to school, work or various appointments.
(Story by Communication, Marketing and Sports Information Intern, Lydia Lo)