UT Health Science Center, UT Physicians of Overton partner with Overton ISD to provide school supplies for elementary students

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More than 250 students of Overton Elementary now have school supplies because of a successful “Stuff that Bus!” school supply drive conducted by employees and volunteers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and UT Physicians of Overton.

UTHSCT employees began the drive in July, collecting enough school supplies to fill 12 boxes.

The drive is the result of an idea for community outreach submitted by a UTHSCT employee through “GIVE,” Great Ideas from Valued Employees, an employee suggestion program.

“We are happy that we can show our support of the Overton community by making sure all its elementary students have the school supplies they need. We’re committed to supporting Overton, both through UT Physicians of Overton and Dr. Leo Holm and through initiatives such as this school supply drive,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

The supplies were distributed to elementary students and their parents during the school’s “Meet the Teacher” night, held Thursday, Aug. 20.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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