STRIKE & WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOLS
EVENING ACADEMY PROGRAM
Help us serve even more kids!
To be eligible to receive our Refresh Packs, your child must meet both criteria listed below:
*Attend one of the following Little Elm ISD schools: Strike Middle School, Walker Middle School). NOTE: We will be adding additional LEISD schools as we continue to receive donations.
*Qualify for LEISD's Free and Reduced Price Meal program.
If you meet the eligibility requirements above and would like to apply for the Refresh Little Elm program, click the Apply Now button below.
Refresh Little Elm provides children enrolled in our program with individual pre-packaged bags (Refresh Packs) that include full-sized essential hygiene products to last for 3 months. Once your child is enrolled, they are enrolled for the remainder of the school year.
Our Refresh Packs are tailored to the child's age and gender preference. A basic pack (for elementary students) includes toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, shampoo, conditioner, body wash/bar soap, lip balm, comb/brush, and lotion. Packs for those in middle and high school will also include shaving cream, deodorant, and feminine products for females. Ethnic shampoo and conditioner are provided upon request. (Additional items such as hand sanitizer or sunscreen may also be provided, based on the season.) Each pack also includes a Refresh Card (handwritten message of encouragement).
Our Refresh Packs are delivered once a quarter (so once every 3 months). Our distributions are typically in August, November, February, and May. Once enrolled, you will receive several emails before each distribution with details on when and where packs will be distributed. Our packs will be available for pick up through drive-thru distributions or will be delivered to schools.
Proper hygiene is important for a child's health and self-esteem. At Refresh Little Elm, our mission is to ensure that every child in our community has access to personal hygiene items. We can only accomplish this mission with your help and the help of others. Please consider donating so we may be able to supply a quarterly Refresh Pack of hygiene items to every child in need in Little Elm ISD. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of many Little Elm kids!
Our organization connects with students in need through the Little Elm ISD school staff and administration. Quarterly, we deliver individual pre-packaged bags (Refresh Packs) to Little Elm ISD schools that include essential hygiene products to last each child for 3 months. Our care packages are discreetly distributed via the school or drive thru pick-up and the student's identity is protected and confidential.
Our Refresh Packs are tailored to the child's age and gender preference. A basic pack will include toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, shampoo, conditioner, body wash/bar soap, lip balm, comb/brush, and lotion. Packages for those in middle and high school will also include shaving cream, deodorant, and feminine products. Ethnic shampoo and conditioner available upon request. We also include a Refresh Card (handwritten message of encouragement) in each pack.
Good hygiene promotes better health and prevents illness, infections, and rashes from spreading. Good personal hygiene increases self-confidence and helps children to feel good about themselves and their appearance. Lack of self esteem, especially during the teenage years, can negatively impact a student's performance in school as well as their ability to form meaningful relationships and friendships. Many situations (job loss, family deaths, divorce, medical issues) contribute to the numbers of those in financial crisis on the rise in our community. As of January 2020, of the students enrolled in LEISD, 39% (over 3,146 students) are economically disadvantaged. Hygiene items are NOT covered under government assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), making the need for these items even greater.
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Founder Elizabeth Watkins has felt a calling to serve from an early age. Her background and education are in business, however it’s in serving others where she truly finds joy. Touched by the need she saw in our community through her volunteer work, Liz set a goal to give back by starting a nonprofit. In May 2019 she founded Refresh Frisco. It has been so rewarding to see how Refresh Frisco has grown and thrived over the past two years., now serving 800 students each quarter.
We are so excited about the opportunity to expand into the Little Elm community, to help ensure that every child has access to personal hygiene items. We hope that you will be inspired to join us as we give the gift of good hygiene to children in need in the Little Elm community.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Stephanie has a degree in Management Information Systems and has worked at several large corporations. After having children, her focus shifted to her family. She has been an elementary school substitute teacher for FISD, a Girl Scout troop leader, and has spent the past 10 years actively volunteering on five different PTA boards in Frisco. Through her volunteer work with schools and students, Stephanie discovered her passion lies with bettering the lives of children. As a resident of Frisco for over 20 years, she has seen the need for programs to support children in need in our community. Stephanie has been a part of Refresh Frisco since its inception and is so excited about expanding to help fill a need in the Little Elm community!
Christy enjoys volunteering to make a difference in the community. She has a Business degree with an emphasis in Fashion Marketing from the University of North Texas. She has been involved with many nonprofit organizations and has actively volunteered for the past ten years on PTA boards in Frisco. Christy currently serves as the Secretary for the Reedy High School PTSA board. She is involved with Boy Scout Troop 77 as a Merit badge counselor and troop merit badge coordinator. She is also a National Officer for Zeta Tau Alpha. Christy is passionate about helping FISD and LEISD students in our community get the resources that they need to better their lives and she can’t wait to see how Refresh will do that!
Anna has always had a desire to provide assistance to those in need. She has been on the Hosp Elementary PTA board for 4 years and spent 2 years as Treasurer. Along with her desire to serve and her previous non-profit experience, her corporate background and accounting education, Anna is a perfect fit for Treasurer. She is delighted for the opportunity to serve through Refresh.
Kristin was raised knowing the importance of making a positive impact on the world, which laid the foundation for a future spent volunteering in many different capacities and a strong desire to give back to the communities that have given so much to her. A Frisco resident for 16 years, Kristin has been on three different PTA boards and is the current Reedy Booster Club Secretary. She is also an active member of National Charity League and has been a driver for Frisco Fastpacs. Throughout the years, helping children and teens in the local community has emerged as her true passion. She is so excited to be a part of Refresh and the enormous impact they are making in the lives of local kids.
Originally from Heidelberg, Germany, Anja moved to Frisco in 2007. What was planned as a two-year relocation turned into a new home for the Newbury family and she loves giving back to the community that has welcomed her so open-heartedly! Anja has served on three different PTA boards and is also an active member of National Charity League. A graduate of the Universität Mannheim, she is excited to share her marketing skills with Refresh.
Our hope is to one day supply enough hygiene items for every child in need in LEISD for the entire year (even during those months school is not in session). Your monetary donation (no matter what the amount) will help us achieve our goal and make a difference in the lives of the children in our community! Refresh Little Elm is a registered 501(c)(3). All monetary donations are tax-deductible as authorized by law. Please contact us for our EIN #.
Average costs for Refresh Packs (Refresh Packs contain enough hygiene products to last a child for 3 months):
Elementary school Male/Female $25/quarter or $100/year
Middle/High school Male $31/quarter or $124/year
Middle/High school Female $45/quarter or $180/year
If you would prefer to mail your donation, please send to:
Refresh Little Elm
PO Box 5367
Frisco, TX 75035
We kindly ask that donated hygiene products meet the following guidelines: Full-size (no travel sizes), new and unopened, no nut/nut oil scented products. Please note we cannot accept expired products. Products in the pictures are for example purposes (we will accept any brand of hygiene products, as long as they meet the guidelines). Needed items for Refresh Packs include:
Drop Off Locations
SW Little Elm - Bay Ridge Estates - 4016 Moonlight Drive, Little Elm, TX 75068
SE Little Elm - Elite Integration Chiropractic - 1395 E Eldorado Pkwy, Suite 800, Little Elm, TX 75068
SE Little Elm - D3 Salon - 1717 E Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068
SE Little Elm - Zip it Postal Center - 2701 Little Elm Pkwy, Suite 100, Little Elm, TX 75068
Hosting a hygiene product drive for Refresh Little Elm is an excellent way to engage kids, family members, friends, and community members in doing something good for Little Elm. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refresh Cards are handwritten messages of encouragement that we include in each Refresh Pack given to Little Elm ISD students in need. For instructions and guidelines for our Refresh Cards, contact us at email@example.com.
We had the opportunity to share a little about Refresh Little Elm at a Happy Hour event sponsored by the Little Elm ISD Education Foundation and Lindsay Reyes, Owner/ Realtor, Platinum Real Estate. What a fun evening getting to know some great members of the Little Elm business community. We are grateful for your support and for all the donations for our Little Elm kids!
Our first ever Refresh Little Elm hygiene pack distribution was a success! Thank you, thank you, to our amazing volunteers! It was hot and very busy and they all worked so hard! Thanks also to the Reedy High School football players for transporting the hygiene packs. Finally, a shout out to the awesome Men’s Brigade at Gateway Frisco for helping with traffic flow.
We are so thrilled and honored to be the recipients of a very generous gift from Master Networks Little Elm Lakefront. Their members donated $545 to purchase hygiene products for Little Elm ISD students in need. Thank you!
Thanks to Jeremiah Ozment with Ozment Media for hosting a “Sweet” Happy Hour Fundraiser for our organization! Thank you to all the sponsors including Venture X Frisco, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Miss Tweak It - Tweaking Websites, Jay Sonata Photography, Heartland and all the generous community members that donated.
We were able to raise $510 for our Little Elm Kids!
We received a very generous donation of 60 packs of feminine hygiene pads from Stafford Appraisals! Female students requesting pads or tampons receive a 3 month supply once per quarter. Thank you Stafford Appraisals for helping us meet this critical need and ensuring our Little Elm kids start the school year feeling clean and confident.
Our 1st group of volunteers for Refresh Little Elm counted and sorted donations helping us get ready for the start of the new school year! We can’t wait to serve the students of Little Elm ISD.
Thank you to everyone who helped us “Love our Neighbors” by donating hygiene products for the students in Little Elm ISD. Your generosity will allow our Little Elm kids to feel clean and confident as they start the new school year.
A great big thank you to the three scouts from Troop 77 who braved the heat and collected completed hygiene packs for Refresh Little Elm at Pearson Middle School.
A great big thank you to Cadence at Frisco Station for the very generous donation of hand sanitizer. We are so grateful for your support! Thank you for helping us ensure every child in the Little Elm community has access to personal hygiene items.
PO Box 5367
Frisco, TX 75035
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