The Allstate Foundation has donated $400,000 to four HISD elementary schools severely affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Braeburn, Hilliard, Mitchell, and Scarborough elementary schools will use the funds to replace their libraries, which were lost during the storm. This means 27,000 new books for these HISD schools.
On April 27, 2018, Allstate officials, agency owners, and volunteers from 18 agencies in the Houston area gathered at Scarborough Elementary Relocation Campus (former Terrell Middle) for the check presentation.
Roberto DeLeon, senior manager of Allstate corporate relations, and Kristen Freis, division manager, were at Scarborough to oversee the event, which also included a book delivery, library tour, and Lunch and Learn reading activity.
Before the celebration ended, Allstate made an additional surprise announcement. Each of the 18 agencies gave $1,000 for a total of $18,000 earmarked for Scarborough Elementary. Principal Miriam Medina accepted the check, saying, “We couldn’t do this without our Allstate volunteers and donations. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones, SSO Julia Dimmitt, and HISD Library Services Manager Kellie Benes also spoke before introducing DeLeon from Allstate.
“Allstate has been very involved in the hurricane recovery process,” said DeLeon. “We earmarked $1.5 million for the Houston area, some of which went to the Red Cross and some to the Houston Food Bank. Our volunteers also worked in the schools. This amount will bring the total Allstate has donated to $1.5 million.”