Harper-Talasek Funeral Homes and Funeral Directors Life (FDLIC) have teamed up to provide school supplies for children at KIPP Academy in Houston.

KIPP Academy, which manages 28 schools in Houston, reached out to the Temple funeral home and said they are in desperate need of school supplies.

Among the school supplies needed are: #2 pencils, pencil bags or boxes, erasers, markers, crayons, backpacks, glue sticks, colored/map pencils, pens (blue, black, and red ink), highlighters, notebook paper (college and wide-ruled), spiral notebooks (one to five subjects), three-ring binders, basic and scientific calculators, 3X5 note cards, Kleenex tissue, and rulers.

"KIPP Academy is a leader in education," said Michael Soper, owner of Legacy Funeral Group. "We do not want this environmental challenge to have a negative impact on these children. Therefore, we have teamed up with FDLIC to reach out to the community to ensure that KIPP Academy students have what they need to continue their educational journey."

KIPP was founded in Houston in 1994.

Houston is KIPP’s largest region and educates 14,500 low-income students. According to a press release from the funeral home, only 10 percent of students from low-income communities in Harris County graduate from college, but nearly 50 percent of "KIPP-sters" tracked from the 8th grade graduate college.

Harper-Talasek Funeral Homes will accept donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 8 at their site, located at 500 W. Barton Avenue, Temple, Texas.