HOUSTON, Texas - No fall leaves or autumn breezes out there, but you can still feel it in the air: kids are getting ready to go back to school. However, when it comes to buying all the equipment children need for a successful year, it's not a bad thing for parents to get a little help from a friend, or a bank.
"We're distributing backpacks and school supplies to about 600 elementary and middle school students," said Teri Hayes, district manager of Capital One Bank during an event at the Fulton and Luzon branch in North Houston. For this important initiative, called "Read Fulton Read", Capital One partnered with Houston ISD, Houston Public Library, BARC Animal Shelter, Metro, Comcast and other organizations.
In order to qualify for the backpacks and school supplies, students were encouraged to read 15 books. Also, to further help them develop their love of reading, kids had the chance to pick a book of their choice at the event.
"I believe this is helpful for everyone," expressed Theresa Rodriguez, especially for the parents who can't afford it, and it's also great help for the kids."
Children poured in, and everyone left well equipped and ready to learn and grow.