Ebby Halliday Elementary Starts the School Year Strong


Agents of Ebby Halliday Companies Deliver Backpacks, School Supplies for Every Student at DISD’s Ebby Halliday Elementary

The Ebby Halliday Companies is built on a foundation of generosity, extending back to the days when Ebby Halliday herself was running the iconic residential real estate brand. Now a new generation of agents have readily adopted her personal mantra, “Do Something for Someone Every Day,” and are living it out in a variety of ways.

A most recent example is the Back-to-School Backpack Drive initiated by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. Agents were given school supply lists for Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas, and asked to provide. 

The company’s more than 30 offices quickly responded and within a week, hundreds of backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and more, were being delivered to the school – in plenty of time for Meet the Teacher night on August 12.

CEO & President Chris Kelly was quite pleased by the effort.

“Given what we’ve asked the children in our communities to endure and overcome these past 18 months,” said Kelly, “helping get their school year off on the right note is the least we can do to contribute towards their success. I am incredibly proud of how the entirety of the Ebby Halliday Companies rallied around the challenge issued by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.”

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young are EHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officers as well as sales leaders with Ebby Halliday’s offices in Rockwall and Forney, and Southwest Dallas, respectively.

“The Council’s goal was to gather 650 backpacks and we beat that by three!” said Kidd. ”We also have additional supplies for almost 100 more students.”

“Our mission with community outreach efforts like this is twofold,” Kidd continued. “We want to encourage both internal growth among our agents, staff and executives, and growth among our own community members. We want to ensure they have the opportunity to bridge generational wealth gaps. This mindset can start as early as Kindergarten.”

Added Young, “In addition to this, committee members have already identified a few key areas in North Texas where we plan to hold educational seminars regarding credit and lending, and host other beneficial programs. The potential to own a home should be for everyone.”

Ebby Halliday Elementary opened in August 2011 as part of a 2008 DISD bond package. The two-story, environmentally-friendly school is set in a rural-like area called Rylie where manufactured homes and horses are a common sight. Just behind the school, bulldozers prepare lots for a large single-family housing development, perhaps a sign of hope for community members that owning a home can be for them, too. 

Back-to-School Essentials


 

Back-to-school season isn’t just for little ones.

 

Get in on the excitement of a new school year with your own back-to-school accessories — with a luxe spin.

 

Here are five items you’ll want to add to your back-to-school arsenal.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Edison Collier Fountain Pen | $169

 

Those with a fondness for the written word will love writing with a fountain pen. A changeable ink cartridge allows for mess-free writing, while an option of three nib sizes allows for different writing styles. Use the pen for artistic calligraphy or making note writing more luxurious.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Sugar Paper Back to School Bundle | $75

 

One-stop shopping is simple with Sugar Paper’s Back to School Bundle. The set includes file folders, notebooks, a notepad and a pen — all coordinated in Sugar Paper’s signature gold accents. This set will make organization and planning a breeze.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Box Appetit Stainless Steel Lunch Box | $34.95

 

Forego plastic sandwich bags for this stainless steel lunch box, which includes its own fork and a removable divider. The steel allows you to store a variety of food without it leaking or leaching into the container. With the removable divider, pack a multitude of snacks or your lunch with a special dessert.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Moleskine 12-Month Daily Planner | $19.95

 

Plan your year in style with Moleskine’s daily planner. Each page is a day, which means plenty of room for notes and activities for the busiest person.

 

Back-to-School Essentials

Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash | $10

 

Back to school means it’s almost time for cold and flu season. Get a head start and stave off germs around you with Aesop’s elegant hand sanitizer. Made of mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedar atlas, you’ll feel refreshed even without water.

 

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