As I sit here blogging on my iPad, I’m thinking about the thousands of kids who are going back to school in Orleans Parish, needing pencils and wide-ruled notebook paper. Yes, those are the two “most needed” items mentioned for donation to the Tulane Staff Advisory Council drive.
Each year, the SAC
— the group of staff members elected to represent the interests of the employees at Tulane — holds a drive to raise money and collect school supplies for New Orleans area students. This year, in partnership with The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund
, Tulane employees gave enough supplies for 300 kids, plus about $300 in cash to purchase supplies.
If you’re a Tulane employee and missed your chance to donate, the SAC will hold a toy drive for needy children in November and December.
Another way you can support kids in the local schools is by giving your time as a volunteer. I was a “reading buddy” through for a year. Once a week, I went on my lunch hour to Sophie B. Wright School, where I sat and read books with two girls who were assigned to me. They were delighted when I surprised each of them at Christmastime with a book of her own to keep at home. Tia and Ashley, I hope you love reading books now!
What can you do to help promote literacy for New Orleans kids? Can you spare a book? Or some time?
Fran Simon is managing editor of New Wave.