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Students in the Diamond Hill neighborhood are ready to head back to school

Posted Sept. 4, 2020

group shot of volunteers in a school wearing mask
Volunteers prepare to pass out school supplies to returning Diamond Hill students.

Backpacks, school supplies and face masks mean its back to school for many students living in Fort Worth neighborhoods. Though the school year may look a bit different, community members are still working together to make sure kids have everything they need for a successful start.

Recently, the Diamond Hill neighborhood collaborated with the local community center and area organizations to fill and distribute more than 500 backpacks with supplies to students at a back-to-school drive-thru event. Families also received COVID-19 safety kits containing a face mask, hand sanitizer and health education materials to guarantee kids are ready for future in-person classes.

Many community organizations and businesses partnered together to support the event: Diamond Hill North Side Youth Association, Waves of Faith Church, Fort Worth Police Department Northwest Division, Blue Zones Project, Amerigroup, Walmart, Tarrant County College and Recovery Resource Council.

“Community partnerships are critical right now,” said Roxanne Martinez, one of the event organizers. “It is wonderful to see community partners pull together to help ensure that kids are ready to head back to school and learn, whether it’s virtually or in-person.”

Without the support of the Diamond Hill Community Center, the Fort Worth Police Department and community volunteers willing to brave the Texas heat, the two-hour, contactless, drive-thru event would not have been possible.

“We are happy to be able to serve families during this time,” said Mario Morado, pastor at Waves of Faith Church. “The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an extraordinary hardship on some families. By giving out school supplies and backpacks, we hope we are able to relieve some of the stress of heading back to school and share our love with the community.”

With a little bit of sweat, gracious donations and community spirit, the Diamond Hill-area students will be headed back to school with a backpack, face mask and a whole neighborhood offering support and cheering them on.

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