August 6, 2008

Altrusa Civic Club Donates Supplies to Enterprise Schools

By Kelly Tabor, The Enterprise Ledger, Ala.

Aug. 6--Thanks to the local chapter of the Altrusa philanthropic organization, many Enterprise school children will receive free school supplies.

On Monday, members of Altrusa presented the Enterprise City Schools central office with 221 boxes of crayons, 228 packages of paper, 202 boxes of colored pencils and markers, 161 spiral-bound notebooks and more than 100 packs of pencils. The group also delivered highlighters, glue, composition notebooks, binders, clipboards and folders.

Tanya Williams, Linda Garner and Linda Dennis dropped off supplies to Student Services Supervisor Irma Townsend, who heads the Children Without Fund. The fund is designed to help equip children of low-income families with clothing, shoes and school supplies.

Altrusa members Linda Dennis, Nancy Garner and Tanya Williams expressed their gratitude to Walmart, which allowed the volunteers to collect supplies on site.

"We collected the items every weekend for four weeks," said Williams. "Our group has 28 members and everyone just worked in shifts."

Altrusa is an international not-for-profit volunteer service group which adopted an emphasis on literacy in its community activities. Linda Garner said the group participates in the "No Child Without a Book" drive.

"The group donates a dictionary for every third grader in Enterprise," said Garner. "And we donate books to new mothers so they can encourage reading in the home right from the start."

Townsend said that donations from civic clubs and individuals is crucial because the school system can not use taxpayer dollars for the personal needs of students.

"Last year we served 129 students," said Townsend. "Until basic needs are met, students can't be successful."

Townsend said the school supplies will be divided among all ten Enterprise City Schools and that cash donations are the best way for people to contribute so assistance can be tailored to each child's needs.

Altrusa collected and purchased the following school supplies over the past four weekends:

packages of paper--228

boxes of crayons--221

boxes of colored pencils and markers--202

tubes of glue--138

spiral notebooks--161

boxes of pencils--109

boxes of pens--43

composition notebooks--43

highlighters (packs of 3)--18





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