On National Day of Service, September 11, 2010, AARP members, volunteers and non-members will have an opportunity to participate in Equipped To Learn, a national initiative that provides school supplies to students. With high unemployment and more than 500,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students in Mississippi, families are struggling.
Anyone who is interested can participate online through www.createthegood.org/equipped-to-learn. In addition to the online effort, AARP Mississippi chapters and volunteers will join the Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi in collecting school supplies for students throughout the state. At the beginning of the school year, parents are asked to bring supplies to school for their children. The drive will supplement school supplies for families who are unable to afford them.
The commitment of AARP to get involved in creating social change in local communities began with Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the founder of AARP. Dr. Andrus spent her youth and young adult years in Chicago and was a volunteer at several local Settlement Houses. Later, she would become the first woman high school principal in the State of California where she served at the same low-income high school in an immigrant community for 28 years. She understood the needs of communities and the importance of supporting education.
To see a list of school supplies, visit the website. Needed school supplies include: lined paper, pens, pencils, crayons, hand sanitizer, scissors, tape, pocket folders, paper clips, tape, spiral notebooks and many more items.
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