Equip-A-Student campaign hopes to bring technology, necessities to Fort Bend ISD students


One objective of the Equip-A-Student campaign is to raise money for additional technology in Fort Bend ISD. (Courtesy Pexels)

One objective of the Equip-A-Student campaign is to raise money for additional technology in Fort Bend ISD. (Courtesy Pexels)

The Fort Bend Education Foundation and the district’s department of collaborative communities’ Shared Dreams program launched a fundraising effort April 3 to help students obtain the equipment they need for educational success during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Equip-A-Student campaign will raise money to provide technology, internet access, food and toiletries to FBISD students.

“I would encourage people, if they have the means, to help support the students here in Fort Bend ISD,” said Brenna Cosby, the executive director of the Fort Bend Education Foundation.

Cosby said money raised during this campaign will help the district acquire more technology or help replace items that are lost or broken during at-home learning.

Additionally, she added that Shared Dreams, which helps provide clothing and toiletries to FBISD year-round, is experiencing an increased need for food and supplies during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Shared Dreams is experiencing a real need for food and toiletries and other necessities for families that are economically disadvantaged, and perhaps for some of our families that have lost their jobs during this tenure and they just don’t have anything,” Cosby said.

Cosby said that while the FBEF is mainly running and advertising the fundraiser, she said it is likely the foundation also contributes a significant sum to the campaign. The foundation’s board will vote on a starting contribution April 16, Cosby said.

The foundation additionally raised a net total of $383,000 at its annual gala, which was held this year on Feb. 29. Cosby said that money will go toward grants for teachers and schools.

“It was our best gala ever as far as net revenue,” Cosby said.

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