Hereford, TX - Hereford Independent School District says they are coming up with new ways to assist thousands of economically disadvantaged students.
The district aims to help these students overcome barriers.
Over three thousand students at Hereford ISD have been identified as economically disadvantaged, meaning they are on the free or reduced lunch program.
Administration and staff are working together to help give those children a better chance at succeeding academically.
Principals decided to shorten school supply lists this year to ease the financial burden on parents.
Many extra supplies have been purchased to help students who can't afford them.
We're told the whole community is coming together to help, the local Walmart has even offered to provide free clothes to those in need.
"Day to day struggles, like whether they're going to eat at home or not. Sometimes I'll follow children home from school to see why they're struggling. Then I finally get a really true picture of what's going on at home. Then I turn around and what we try to do is really work and help these children however we can, whether it be by churches or by staff members or by the community," says Ortencia Mendez, Principal, Tierra Blanca Elementary.
The principal of Tierra Blanca Elementary tells us they have the highest number of economically disadvantaged students in the district at 97-percent.
They hope to add an adoptive parent program in the future, which would pair a student up with a teacher who can help them with their homework after school.
If you would like to make any type of donation to one of the schools, call Hereford High School at 806-363-7620.