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BISD Gives Back for the Holidays

Beaumont ISD departments and campuses held various drives to help those less fortunate this holiday season.

The annual district toy drive to benefit Some Other Place helped collect toys for 135 students. A Giving Tree was set up at Beaumont United, Blanchette, Dishman, Fletcher, Martin and Pietzsch-MacArthur, and the administration and annex buildings. This year, each tag represented a BISD student. 

“It goes without saying that there would not have been much of a Christmas at Some Other Place with the partnership with BISD,” said Executive Director Paula O’Neal. “With COVID-19, we have lost so many volunteers and donors, but BISD has come through for us and for the children of our community.” 

“The District has helped us locate children who might otherwise not have had a special Christmas and has provided so many of the surprises that will delight the children on Christmas Day,” she said. “We thank God for BISD and all the wonderful BISD folks!”

Some Other Place was founded in 1968 to meet the unfulfilled emergency needs of residents of the Beaumont community. When no one could help, they were told they had to go to some other place...thus, the name Some Other Place. All services are offered at no charge to the recipient.

Curtis, Early College and West Brook students came together to collect gifts for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc. (CASA), who has hundreds of children in their system ranging in age from newborn to 18-years old. CASA is a non-profit, non-governmental service organization that recruits, trains and supervises a diverse group of community volunteers appointed by the Courts to advocate for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe, permanent homes.