June 22, 2024

SAC Sponsors School Supply, WhyHunger Campaigns

School Supply Drive 001The Staff Advisory Council’s Activities Committee is initiating two simultaneous campaigns that run through the month of August.

The first campaign is the annual School Supplies Drive, benefiting several area elementary schools.  Among the items needed are pencils, spiral notebooks, erasers, crayons, glue sticks, tissues, and plastic bags.  For a complete list of school supplies, visit www.walmart.com/classrooms/lists/57-Elementary-K-2nd-School-Supplies-List.  Last year, the SAC donated to four area elementary schools.

School supplies will be stored on campus until Friday, Aug 29th, and then delivered on Monday, Sept 1.  All area schools begin on Tuesday, September 2nd this year.

In addition to the School Supply Drive, we will be participating in WhyHunger’s Summer Food Program targeting our area children who have been fed at school during the school year, but may not have enough food during the summer months.

WhyHunger is a national organization striving to close the hunger gap between the close of school in the summer and beginning of school in the fall.

As we collect food, the Activities Committee will deliver the donations weekly to the following WhyHunger centers in our area:

·         Bragg Hill Family Life Center

·         Hazel Hill Complex

·         Mayfield Civic Association

·         Lafayette Upper Elementary

Current UMW donation locations for both drives are:

Fairfax House – Human Resources Office

Jepson Alumni Executive Center

Lee Hall

Marye House

Eagle Village – 4th floor

GW – 3rd floor

Trinkle Hall, 2nd floor

Stafford Campus – South

Facilities Services – Lobby

To find out how you and your department can help, or to become a donation location, contact Priscilla Sullivan, S.A.C. Activities Chair at psulliva@umw.edu.

UMW Shows Support in Emergency School Drive

Undoubtedly, everyone has seen the disturbing photos of the devastating fire that destroyed Colonial Beach’s former school building, displacing nearly 300 children and staff due to the proximity of their current facility to the now-ruined building. The burned building was used as a storage facility, and housed much of the school’s paper products and supplies.

School supplies were not the only casualties, however.  The athletic equipment kept in the gymnasium, although saved from fire, was stored alongside hazard materials from the science lab and are virtually non-accessible anytime soon. So, in addition to school and clerical supplies, the elementary school is in desperate need of any type of athletic equipment – jump ropes, basketballs, soccer balls – anything the children can use to stay active and healthy while inside during the winter months.

True to form, UMW employees have expressed their willingness to help. After receiving several calls Monday morning, Priscilla Sullivan, the Staff Advisory Council’s Activities Committee Chairperson, has announced an immediate School/Office Supply Drive to help the children and staff of Colonial Beach Elementary School in the wake of this consuming structure fire. Donation locations will remain the same, with the addition of Human Resources, in Fairfax House. The locations are:

Human Resources – Fairfax House
Jepson Alumni Executive Center
Lee Hall
Marye House
Eagle Village – 4th floor
GW – 3rd floor
Trinkle Hall – 2nd floor
Stafford Campus – North & South
Facilities – lobby

Any questions about donations to Colonial Beach Elementary School should be directed to Priscilla Sullivan, psulliva@umw.edu. CBES has supplied Sullivan with a detailed list of needed items. If you would like a copy, please email her your request.