Football great’s charity, local retailer team up for back-to-school


Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities and Belk, the retail department store, are teaming up to donate 1,600 uniforms to Dallas ISD students this Thursday at Roger Q. Mills Elementary School and Billy Earl Dade Middle School.

“Education is the cornerstone to achieve what you want in life,” said Emmitt Smith, the Dallas Cowboys’ legend. “Pat and I are honored that Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities has been able to help students in the North Texas community obtain the uniforms they need while instilling the confidence and enthusiasm to attend school.”

This is the second year Belk has supported the Pat and Emmitt Smith uniform donation in Dallas ISD. To date, Belk has donated more than 2,400 uniforms, a value of more than $94,000 for Dallas ISD students.

Families will be escorted to the schools on district buses and invited to a brief address by Pat and Emmitt Smith, district leaders and school administrators. Attendees will then enter the Belk pop-up shops that will offer uniforms to students at Mills and Dade.

Last year, the charities collaborated to provide uniform donations to Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School and athletic apparel donations to Skyline High School and David W. Carter High School.

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