Invista donates to Bloomington school district's hurricane recovery

Nov. 13, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Invista donated $20,000 to Bloomington ISD in support of ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery needs. The donation will be used to replace technology damaged in the high school  computer lab and to provide school supplies to Bloomington students. Shown with the donation, from left,  Johnnie Martin, Invista employee and former Bloomington student; Lina Moore,  Bloomington High School principal; Abbie Barnett, Bloomington school district superintendent; Randy Reyes, Invista employee and former Bloomington student; and David Johnson, Invista site manager.

Invista donated $20,000 to Bloomington ISD in support of ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery needs. The donation will be used to replace technology damaged in the high school computer lab and to provide school supplies to Bloomington students. Shown with the donation, from left, Johnnie Martin, Invista employee and former Bloomington student; Lina Moore, Bloomington High School principal; Abbie Barnett, Bloomington school district superintendent; Randy Reyes, Invista employee and former Bloomington student; and David Johnson, Invista site manager.   Contribute Photo for The Victoria Advocate

Invista's site in Victoria has donated $20,000 to the Bloomington school district to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The money will help the school district replace the computer lab at Bloomington High School and purchase school supplies for students in need, according to a news release from Invista.

"We still have a long way to go with district monetary needs to fully recover from Hurricane Harvey, but Invista's donation has put us in a much better place," Abbie Barnett, Bloomington superintendent, said in the news release.

Invista Victoria site manager David Johnson said Invista is dedicated to supporting the communities where its employees work and live.

"BISD and the Bloomington community have a long recovery ahead," Johnson said. "We hope this donation to replace computers and provide school supplies will ease some of the burden the district faces and bring back a sense of normalcy to the students."

In addition to the donation to the Bloomington school district, Invista's parent company, Koch Industries, donated $1 million to organizations providing immediate and long-term disaster relief, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. The company also established the Koch Employee Assistance Fund to support employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey, according to the news release.


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