MIDLOTHIAN — For the past four years the United Way of West Ellis County has donated money to area school districts to assist with their back to school campaigns.

The organization presented the Midlothian Independent School District with a $1,000 check Tuesday, July 30. The donation will be used to help fund a school supply closet the district utilizes to provide school supplies for students who are less fortunate.

Superintendent Dr. Jerome Stewart said they are always appreciative of what the United Way brings to MISD.

“The funds that they raise come dearly,” Stewart said. “Being a part of this organization and accepting this particular donation means a lot to us.”

He added that they understand the donation also means a lot to the United Way, and they are truly grateful for everything the organization does for the community and Midlothian ISD.

Executive Director for the UWWEC Casey Ballard said they are privileged to be in a position where they can work closely with the local school districts to make sure those funds are available for all students in west Ellis County.

“It’s our privilege to be able to provide these funds so that students have the opportunity to get the school supplies that they need and go back to school ready and prepared for the year,” Ballard said. “Education is such a huge part of what we do. It’s the building block of life.”

Ballard added that if they can assist in providing quality education for students, they have a better chance of a successful life.

The UWWEC will also be making $1,000 donations to six other school districts in its service area including Waxahachie, Maypearl, Italy, Avalon, Red Oak and Milford.

In addition to making the monetary donation, the UWWEC also donated several boxes of books to A. H. Meadows Public Library. The books were collected by the Target Distribution Center employees, who have chosen to partner with the United Way to assist them in their community involvement efforts.

Ballard said that the Target Corporation is a very strong partner of the UWWEC.

“This year the Target Distribution Center was kind of enough to do a book drive with their more than 500 employees,” she said. “We have collected hundreds of books from them and are donating some of them to the public library in Midlothian in honor of Brook and Brook Books.”

She said they are happy and honored to give those to the library so that children and preschoolers can have access to them.

Speaking on behalf of the library was aide Risa Ashley who said they appreciate any and all book donations that the library receives.

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