FORT BEND, TX (August 24, 2017) – Even though not zoned to Willowridge High School, residents of Richmond’s Aliana master-planned community have collected thousands of school supplies for the fellow FBISD school after hearing about the impact of its recently discovered mold infestation.
Mold was found in Willowridge High School this summer during planned maintenance and repair work. Since then, remediation crews have been working 24 hours a day to remove the mold, which includes disposing of anything porous — such as paper, folders and notebooks — as well as other items. Upon hearing the news from the Parent Teacher Organization of Madden Elementary, which serves Aliana, residents immediately organized a school supply drive.
“Almost everything in classrooms is being thrown out,” said Aliana Homeowner Association Manager Deniece Reyes. “This is devastating for teachers, students and everyone at Willowridge. A pillar of our Aliana community is giving back, and that is exactly what we are doing.”
Aliana’s Kith & Kin community council spearheaded the drive, with residents donating mountainous piles of binders, paper, file folders, notebooks, construction paper, composition books and bulletin board paper in just a few days. Also collected were pens, pencils, markers, rulers, Post-It Notes, bottled water, highlighters and other necessary items.
“The fast response from Aliana residents was remarkable and overwhelming,” Reyes said. “Teachers will have one less thing to worry about when they return to their Willowridge classrooms later this year, thanks to the generosity of our Aliana community.”
The Kith & Kin council is a non-profit organization that supports the five pillars of Aliana — connecting, lifelong learning, embracing arts and culture, healthy living and giving back. It is just one of the features that has resulted in Aliana being one of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities, as reported this summer by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) in its mid-year report of the 50 best-selling developments in the country.
Learn more about Aliana, located along the Grand Parkway between U.S. 59 and Interstate 10, at www.alianahouston.com.
Aliana residents collected a massive amount of school supplies for Willowridge High School after learning the school — which does not serve Aliana — was having to toss out much of its existing supplies due to mold remediation efforts. Shown with the donated items are, from left, Aliana’s Ed Barnett, Maintenance Coordinator; Melissa Hallman, Assistant Manager; and Deniece Reyes, HOA General Manager.