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Alumni Council, student organizations team up to help children in need

The School of Education Alumni Council and five of the school’s student organizations joined forces this February to collect donations for less-fortunate students at Richmond’s G.H. Reid and George Washington Carver elementary schools.

Large brown bins placed throughout Oliver Hall collected supplies from Feb. 1-15. Among the items collected included books, notebooks, pencils, school supplies, toiletries, and a variety of winter clothes, such as coats, scarves, gloves and socks.

“It was just heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from the School of Education and the VCU community,” Stephanie Holt, School of Education Alumni Council president, said.

The idea for the campaign stemmed from a discussion in a council meeting just last month. Council members Sobeyda Rivera and Veronica Rivera, both teachers in Richmond Public Schools, recognized the need to help local students, and the Alumni Council, behind Holt’s leadership, answered the call to action.

“It was just heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from the School of Education and the VCU community.”
– Stephanie Holt, Alumni Council president

“Our Alumni Council president eagerly embraced the idea of the council supporting an initiative to provide school supplies, winter clothing and other necessities to students that need them,” Dr. Diane Simon, senior associate dean for student affairs, said.

From there, the council reached out to the student organizations, who quickly jumped on board, mobilizing efforts to set up the donation bins, create flyers to promote the drive and encourage faculty, staff and students to participate.

“It’s incredible how much they were able to get done in a short amount of time,” Simon said.

Participating student organizations included:

  • National Science Teachers Association (President: Shannon Fasing)
  • Counselor Education Student Networking Association (President: Sydney Ellis)
  • Educational Leadership Doctoral Student Association (President: Meg Homer)
  • Association for Aspiring Leaders in Education (President: Heather Coleman)
  • LaunchPAD (President: Amanda Hall)

To see images from the supply drive collection, click through the slideshow above or visit the School of Education’s Flickr page.