Former Oak Ridge, UH star Grant Stuard holding school supply drive

Former Oak Ridge standout and current University of Houston linebacker Grant Stuard is trying to make a difference in his old stomping grounds.

Stuard, who graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2017, announced on social media that he has organized the inaugural Rise of the Ridge School Supply Drive to assist local elementary students over the next two Saturdays.

“As an Oak Ridge Elementary and Oak Ridge High School alumnus, I wish to give back to my roots,” Stuard wrote in his post. “Being a student in a lower income situation, I know what it is like to go to school with nothing in my backpack. The reality of the current situation is that some students will have no choice but to return to school in September. Please help me make sure that every student at Oak Ridge Elementary will have the supplies they need to properly engage in learning activities. Thank you for helping us empower the younger generation!”

Supplies can be dropped off from noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 22 and 29 at Oak Ridge Elementary School, located at 19675 Interstate 45 in Conroe.

All donations are welcome, but the following supplies are the most needed: markers (washable and dry-erase), composition notebooks, wide-rule notebooks, crayons, glue sticks, pencils and erasers, pens, scissors, pencil/supply bags, headphones/earbuds, facial tissue, pocket folders with brads and baby wipes.

Stuard can be reached at 713-377-6503 for alternate drop-off arrangements or with any questions.

Stuard is entering his senior season with Houston and is expected to be one of the primary playmakers for the Cougars’ defense. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker started 12 games last season and was named to the All-American Athletic Conference second team after recording a team-high 97 tackles. He also posted 9.5 tackles for loss, a sack and four pass breakups.

Before arriving at Houston, Stuard was a star player for coach Dereck Rush at Oak Ridge. He was a first-team All-Montgomery County selection as a senior and earned multiple all-district accolades during his tenure with the War Eagles.