HEB pledges $10 million for Robb Elementary Construction: CEG
In May, HEB also announced a $500,000 pledge to support victims and families affected by the May 24 school shooting. (HEB-photo)
HEB President Charles Butt and the Butt family, along with HEB Stores, have pledged a combined donation of $10 million for the construction of a new elementary school in Uvalde.
“Our first store in Uvalde opened in 1959 and the people of Uvalde are our people,” Butt said in a press release. “As we continue to mourn a tremendous loss, I join my family and HEB in ensuring that the community of Uvalde can move forward after this tragic event.”
In addition to the HEB donation, two Texas-based companies, Huckabee and Joeris, will help with the design and construction of the school and plan to waive fees for their architectural work and contracted services.
The news came alongside the announcement of the new Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit created by San Antonio-based law firm Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo and Kyle to provide donors with the opportunity to contribute to the project. The members of the association’s board of directors and the name of the general manager have not yet been revealed.
“We will never forget those who were taken from us for no reason on this tragic day, and we want to honor their legacy as we work to build our future,” said UCISD Superintendent Hal Harrell.
The location and design of the new campus, the classes that will be served, or the timeline for the project have not been determined, but Harrell said there will be community workshops in the future where attendees provide input. on design choices and planning.
The direction of the new campus, according to the press release, includes significantly improving educational offerings, implementing safety and security measures and infrastructure to support the availability of new technologies.
“As part of the process, the foundation will work in tandem with the school district, the Uvalde community, donors and other stakeholders to solicit ideas and gather feedback for the elementary campus and any future projects,” says the press release.
Once the elementary school is fully funded, all remaining funds will be used for the future maintenance and operation of the new school, as well as other district needs and initiatives.
Harrell said the funding could also be used in the future to develop a memorial at the Robb Elementary School site. He said this initiative is under construction and open to community input.
Contributions to support the project can be made online at uvaldecisdmovingforward.org.
In May, HEB also announced a $500,000 pledge to support victims and families affected by the May 24 school shooting. The HEB Tournament of Champions in June also announced a $500,000 donation to support nonprofits that help Uvalde.