Local businesses sponsor Shugart ES philanthropy effort

When schools and the community work together, everybody wins. Perhaps that is why Garland’s own Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery, Lakewood Brewery, Super Wal-Mart and local citizens generously gifted funds and materials to a philanthropic effort hosted by Shugart Elementary School.

Librarian Monica Black organized two after-school makerspace sessions in which fourth and fifth-grade students volunteered a total of four hours to make no-sew, fleece blankets. The finished products were then donated to local animal shelters.

“I just wanted to showcase how fabulous our youth are,” she expressed. “Given the chance, they can and want to make positive contributions to our community.”

This thoughtful act may even inspire other community-backed initiatives. According to Black, when Intrinsic and Lakewood learned about Shugart’s kindness-themed makerspace, they indicated this was the kind of project they seek to fund.

“We appreciate these businesses as well as six individual donors. Their consideration is valued, and we will be paying it forward.”

Story and photos courtesy of Shugart Elementary School.