A Texas cheer squad member waves the Longhorn flag after a first half score against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, October 2, 2010. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

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Texas athletes volunteer to make care packages for Austin teachers

Posted January 29th, 2016

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Dozens of Texas athletes are scheduled to help assemble more than 6,000 care packages for Austin-area teachers this weekend.

Post-it Notes maker 3M has donated $1.4 million in supplies to Supply The Teachers, a new non-profit organization dedicated to helping teachers get classroom supplies without spending their own money. It’s estimated that nine out of 10 teachers buy supplies with personal funds.

According to organizers, Supply The Teachers would like to provide $250 worth of supplies to each of the 6,000 teachers in the Austin school district. That sets the overall goal at $1.5 million.

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On Saturday, UT track and field athletes are scheduled to help assemble packages from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Volleyball (noon-4 p.m.) and baseball athletes (3 p.m.-5 p.m.) are also scheduled to help. Packages will be assembled at the Austin ISD warehouse at 3701 Woodbury Drive.

All volunteers over the age of 18 are welcome to help on Saturday. This is not an autograph session. More care packages will be assembled on Feb. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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