PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A very tall man and a giant pencil helped deliver school supplies to the students at Beach Elementary School in Portland.
Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez entertained the crowd with his congeniality and remarks about the importance of helping kids achieve their scholastic dreams.
“Just to make sure and to insure that other kids have those equal opportunities, that’s something that I’ve always wanted to make happen,” Lopez said.
More than 250 employees and community marched marched to Beach to deliver the supplies donated by Knowledge Universe.
“We’re able to give the children what they need,” said David Roy with Knowledge Universe. “We take pressure off of teachers who don’t have to backfill all those supplies. It’s something that benefits everyone.”
This is the seventh year supplies were donated to the school. Interim principal Mary Patterson said many students need the help.
“In every school in which I’ve worked, including Beach school, there is a need that sometimes goes under the surface,” she said.
Basics like note paper and pencils are often too expensive for a struggling family, she said.
“We have families that are holding down two jobs, families that are split and they’re trying to provide for students as best they can.”
Every student gets a backpack filled with supplies.
Lopez, by the way, said the Blazers are aiming for the championship. The season begins October 29.