Summer is coming to a close and everyone is gearing up for school, a time filled with both excitement and anxiety. Between the notebooks, pencils, binders and backpacks, getting the kids back into school can take a toll on your bank account and your stress level. Which is exactly why Belk teamed up with Dallas community partners (and recent ADDISON – The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor cover stars), Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, to provide a little relief throughout North Dallas!
On Thursday, Aug. 7, Belk along with Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities gave back to the community and provided free school uniforms to hundreds of Dallas ISD students. Setting up a pop-up shop, the evening was filled with back-to-school anticipation, joy, and a sense of relief among families within the community.
“Each year, many Dallas students are required to wear uniforms, but their families may not have the funds for this purchase,” stated a recent press release from the event. As a result of this event, more than 400 elementary school students received these required uniform pieces at no cost. Items included blouses, shirts, pants, socks, belts and skirts.
Pat and Emmitt Smith were highly involved in the event, taking the time to speak with both students and parents while Belk associates volunteered their assistance helping children select their uniforms. For the Smiths, this was an opportunity to communicate to residents and their children about the importance of education and staying in school. Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities recently launched a “Team 22” program “designed to teach students leadership and character skills through unique enrichment programs,” as stated on the website.
Thanks to Belk and Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, North Dallas children have the opportunity to focus on their education and success.