The schools of Aurora are coming together to collect school supplies for students in Texas who are living in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Mehran Ahmed, an assistant principal at Gateway High School, is a Houston native and began his teaching career in Texas.

Gateway, Aurora Hills, Vista PEAK Exploratory and Arkansas Elementary have been collecting donations to rally behind Ahmed.

Students are also sending letters of encouragements along with book bags filled with notebooks and markers.

You can drop off donations at Aurora Hills Middle School (1009 S Uvalda St), Gateway High School (1300 S Sable Blvd), Vista PEAK (24551 E 1st Ave), or Arkansas Elementary (17301 E Arkansas Ave). All the supplies will be loaded on a truck on Friday at 7:45 a.m. at Gateway High School.

Ahmed will deliver the supplies to Tanglewood Middle School and Heights High School in Houston.

These are the items needed for donation:

  • Backpacks
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • 4GB (or larger) flash drives
  • Pocket folders with brads (any color)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Blank copier paper (8.5 in. x 11 in.)
  • Graph paper (8.5 in. x 11 in.)
  • Notebook paper (8.5 in. x 11 in.)
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Pencil bags
  • Blue, black, and red ink pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue bottles
  • Highlighters (any color)
  • Colored pencils (12-pack)
  • Colored markers (not permanent)
  • Rulers (30cm, wooden)
  • Index cards (3 in. x 5 in., 100 count, lined)
  • Three-ring binders
  • Post-it notes
  • Pkgs. of dividers
  • Scotch tape
  • Colored construction paper
  • Clorox or Lysol wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer