Monday, April 22, 2024
  Happenings, Community, Giving, Around Campus

By Victoria Brito Morales

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 22, 2024 – As part of a UTRGV class project, students in the Project Management class are calling on the Rio Grande Valley community to donate school supplies for low-income families.

This class, taught by Sylvia Saenz, part-time lecturer of Management in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, combines theory with practical experiences. Each year, the students select, design and execute a group project to put the subject matter to practice.

The School Supplies Drives will be held simultaneously on Thursday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Student Union on the Brownsville campus and in front of University Library on the Edinburg campus.

Donations will be submitted to the Salvation Army, which will deliver the school supplies to families who need them. New items are preferred. 

Items include: 

  • Loose leaf paper.
  • Spiral notebooks.
  • Binders.
  • Pencils.
  • Pens.
  • Markers/crayons/color pencils.
  • Erasers.
  • Glue.
  • Rulers.
  • And all other school supplies.                 

“The RGV has 24.7% of families living below the poverty level, which is twice the U.S. percentage of 11.5%. And lack of education often is linked to poverty,” said Juan Garcia UTRGV student and project manager for the Brownsville team. “This drive will help families struggling with financial burdens get their kids’ school supplies for their educational journey. Everyone deserves to receive a proper education without having to worry about whether they have money for school supplies.” 

For more information, contact Garcia at


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.