The University of Texas (UT) Whole Communities-Whole Health (WCWH) grand challenge is providing activities and support for students and families of the Del Valle ISD (DVISD) community. Most recently, WCWH staff and volunteers dedicated over 275 hours packing 2,460 activity bags for DVISD meal services. The bags include a variety of items to promote child wellbeing while away from school. Additionally, resources for parents and information about WCWH initiatives were included.

The goal of WCWH in the DVISD community is to support students, family, and community health. For the activity bag distribution, Half Price Books provided the children’s books and young adult books that were distributed in the bags. During earlier meal service efforts, WCWH contributed soccer balls and seed packets from Sustainable Food Center.

“With schools and non-essential businesses closed as a result of the pandemic, parents now find themselves juggling multiple roles for their child(ren): caretaker, teacher, playmate, counselor, and more,” said Shirene Garcia, Community Engagement Specialist. “Being part of a community-centered solution that truly puts the community first is one of my favorite parts of my job. We want to have a meaningful relationship with the community and support them as a partner.”

If you are interested in learning more about WCWH or would like to assist with this UT grand challenge, please contact Shirene Garcia at 512-779-6464 or via email at shirene.garcia@austin.utexas.edu.

Alves with Activity Bag    Alves with Activity Bag items displayed on Table

Books for activity bags    UT Packing Activity Bags