UT athletes, volunteers get together to help Austin teachers

Volunteers from businesses and organizations worked together with UT student athletes to assemble the 6,000 care packages.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin teachers starting their spring semester are getting much needed help from the local community.

On Saturday morning a number of volunteers including University of Texas student athletes came together with the goal to assemble 6000 plus care packages for AISD teachers.

Athletes from Track & Field, Women’s Volleyball, Baseball, Football, and Rowing all participated throughout the day on the care package goal. UT’s men and women’s basketball teams could not make the event as they had games scheduled for the day.

“I remember we got little boxes like this, you know, supplies and help, and it was a great benefit. You know it was a smile that came that day, so it’s giving back and it’s fun to know that it’ll be used,” said Parks McNeil, who pole vaults for the Track & Field team while majoring in Corporate Communications at UT.

The Supply the Teachers charity, who put on the event, along with 3M has previously donated over $1.4 million dollars worth of supplies to AISD.

The long term goal of the group is to have $250 in credit for each of the 6,000 plus teachers, which sets the donation goal to $1.5 million.

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