Prince Hall Shriners, Charitable Foundation assist local Kids with School Supplies
SAN ANTONIO – Through support from the Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation,
Prince Hall Shriners of Moussa Temple No. 106, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, Inc., donated $1,000 in school supplies to students of Bella Cameron and Dorie Miller Elementary Schools, Feb. 8.
The schools, located on the city's eastside, received $500 worth of needed supplies each.
Illustrious Potentate Burrell Parmer, accompanied by members of the Shrine Temple and representatives from the Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation, spoke to the children on the “Power of Giving”.
“You are our future,” said Parmer to a group of students at Bella Cameron Elementary. “We want to ensure that you have the tools necessary to be successful. We as Prince Hall Shriners believe in the “Power of Giving” and once you are able to, you should give back to your community as well.”
He also stated that education is the new currency of the 21st Century and no one can take that away from you.
Eliza Bedford, a math teacher with Bella Cameron, enjoyed the visit by the Prince Hall Shiners.
“I love seeing young, handsome black men coming to the school to support our youth,” said Bedford. “The information that was provided to the children was very good, and hopefully it will help them.”
According to Bedford, midyear is the best time for school supplies donations because the supplies from the beginning of the school year are depleted.
Janell Garcia, a family engagement specialist with Dorie Miller Elementary said the donation makes a big impact and that it takes a village and a community to raise a child.
“I think this is amazing, for organizations like Moussa Temple and the Foundation to partner with schools in their community,” said Garcia, who is serving her first year with the school. “It is important to have community collaborations because the children often go without and teachers often spend their own money to provide supplies for children when their parents cannot.”
San Antonio native, Past Potentate Burnell White Jr., president of the Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation was on-hand to speak to the children as well.
“It is obvious that the children are our future,” said White, who also serves as the Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Texas. “The Temple and the Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation are founded to be able to work in the community, and there is no better way to spend our time and resources than investing in our youth.”
Special recognition is given to the Desert of Texas Charitable Foundation. Without their assistance, the donation of school supplies would have not been possible.
Bella Cameron Elementary was opened in 1967 to accommodate those students who were living in the newly erected Willow Wood Homes. It was named after Bella Holley Cameron who was the first Black woman principal in San Antonio.
Dorie Miller Elementary was originally opened as W.W. White School No. 2 in 1947 to serve the African-American children who lived in the Lincolnshire community. It was named after Doris (Dorie) Miller, a U.S. Navy sailor who on Dec. 7, 1941 while serving aboard USS West Virginia (BB-48), distinguished himself by courageous conduct and devotion to duty during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on this occasion.