As a second-grade school teacher, Lisa Richardson sees firsthand the needs of area children as they start back to school each year. And as a member of the Junior League of Longview (JLL), Mrs. Richardson is able to help fill those needs.
On August 12, the School Supply Train will roll through Longview, providing backpacks and school supplies, uniforms, haircuts, and eye and dental exams, at no charge, to qualified, low-income school-aged children. Mrs. Richardson is serving as the School Supply Train chair this year and expects this one-day event to touch the lives of more than 3,200 area school children. In partnership with Buckner Children and Family Services, the ROC at First Baptist Church, and corporate sponsor Martin Gas, the JLL is helping to give each child the gift of being prepared for the excitement of the first day of school.
“Volunteerism is simply the giving of your time to help others while having a positive impact on their lives,” Mrs. Richardson said. “I volunteer because I enjoy giving to others and seeing the difference I can make.”
As a member of the JLL, Mrs. Richardson also serves as Placement Advisor, has chaired the education and training committee, and participates in other community projects.
Mrs. Richardson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but grew up in Baytown, Texas. She has lived in the Longview area for eight years. Mrs. Richardson graduated from Ross Sterling High School in Baytown and attended Kilgore College. She received her bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and earned her master of education degree in mid-management from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Mrs. Richardson teaches at Broadway Elementary School in Gladewater. She and her husband of 16 years, J. P., have 2 sons, Landon, 10, and Jackson, 7.
“I have always loved East Texas. I think the Longview area is a great place for my family to live and I feel blessed that we were able to move here to raise our children. Not only are most of our family here, but we are a part of a wonderful community. I think it is important to teach children to give back to the community as well. I am able to involve my children in the preparation of the School Supply Train as well as several other projects. I treasure that time spent with my boys as we help other children,” Mrs. Richardson said.