NISD opens new Family Engagement Center including clothes closet

What: Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Family Engagement Center including Northside Threads: By Families for Families

When: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.

Where: 5223 Blessing Street

Details:

The NISD Family Engagement Center is located in the heart of NISD and exists to serve the community, families, and District as a whole. The Center is home to the Family Engagement Program, the Northside “Threads” Clothes Closet, the Community Computer Lab, and many other empowerment programs.

District officials will cut the ribbon and tour the facility, including the new Northside Threads: By Families for Families, a clothes closet operated by volunteers.

Without even being officially open yet, as of Saturday, “Threads” served 104 students, which means 520 tops and 520 bottoms plus socks, underwear, and jackets have been given out. Donations and volunteers are always needed.

“The Family Engagement Center and clothes closet are just one way to take care of the whole child,” says Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “So if a child has clean clothes and a full stomach, he or she will be much more likely to be ready to learn and ultimately, be successful at school.

Almost half of NISD’s student population is economically disadvantaged. “Not all of those students may be in need of clothing, but we wanted to take one more burden off of families who are struggling to make ends meet. If we support them with clothing, that takes a burden off them so they can afford other items.

Those attending the ceremony are asked to bring a new package of child-sized underwear or socks to donate to the clothes closet.

Contacts on site: Barry Perez and Lisa Turner