Students in Odessa go on shopping spree

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

About a hundred students in Odessa got to go on a back-to-school shopping spree.

Volunteers from some businesses in the Permain Basin teamed up with Communities In Schools of the Permian Basin.

It's a program to help lower drop-out rates in both E.C.I.S.D. and M.I.S.D.

Saturday's 10-thousand dollar shopping spree means students got to buy clothes and school supplies as they get ready for back-to school.

Those in charge say this event helps students who have faced tough challenges in their lives.

"A lot of those challenges come about because of the social issues that they do encounter, not being able to buy school supplies, or school clothes, that they are needing to so it is very fulfilling to know that Communities in Schools along with the two businesses Teton Industries and Direct Energy to be able to provide this service to a hundred of our students," Marisela Gonzales, with Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin, said. 

Volunteers at Saturday's shopping spree say they hope to do it again next year, and hopefully have even more students participate.