School's in. Are you?

September 5, 2012 5:43 AM

Fran Simon

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.

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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 the Children 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.

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