Emory Report
December 12, 2005
Volume 58, Number 14


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December 12 , 2005
School supply collection boxes set up around campus through Dec. 19

BY eric rangus

Emory’s Northwest Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) is collecting new or gently used school supplies this holiday season for children in Northwest Atlanta.

“Many Atlanta families cannot afford school supplies, much less Christmas gifts, for their children,” said Nicole Taylor, Northwest Atlanta COPC coordinator, who also lives in the community. “These families are working hard to move beyond public housing and poverty. Yet the quality of their children’s education—fundamental for their success—is seriously limited by the lack of simple resources we take for granted.”

Initiated last year, the Gifts for Education Make a Difference drive will collect school supplies until Dec. 19. Items may be dropped in collection boxes located across campus. The supplies will be distributed to families in the Atlanta Housing Authority’s affordable-housing communities of Bowen Homes and Hollywood Court.

“The children are bright and eager to learn, and the teachers are unbelievably dedicated,” said supply drive coordinator Mary Anne Lindskog, visiting assistant professor of educational studies. “Their efforts deserve a ‘hand-up’ to overcome the lack of basic materials like crayons, pens and pencils, markers, construction paper, glue and so much more.”

A list of preferred items is posted on each donation box. More than a dozen already have been placed in offices across the Emory community. Anyone interested in obtaining a donation box is encouraged to call Lindskog at 404-727-4793.

All the boxes will be collected on Dec. 20 for distribution before Christmas.