According to United To Learn (U2L) school liaison Jody Swartzwelder,
I have the privilege of volunteering as a school liaison at Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa, M.D. Elementary School for United to Learn. United to Learn is a coalition of public elementary schools, private institutions and engaged community members who have come together to create meaningful learning opportunities for every student to learn and lead. There are other school liaisons who volunteer their help in dozens of schools in our neighborhoods where poverty and prosperity co-exist.
We need your help. From now until Friday, August 16, we are hosting a back-to-school drive entitled Learning Launch that accelerates student learning by equipping teachers and students with critical teaching supplies not met by limited public school budgets. Our drive focuses on 27 Dallas ISD schools located primarily in North Dallas. These schools represent 15,900 students, with nine out of 10 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, along with 1,400 educators.
Learning Launch isn’t your typical back-to-school drive because we’re focused on equipping students and teachers with exactly what they need with targeted resources for academic instruction. Many of our teachers will personally spend up to $600 to provide these same items – classroom books, notebooks and basic technology tools – because their schools have limited budgets.
That’s why I’m personally asking you to get involved by contributing as it’s an easy and fun way to make a real impact. Those interested in participating can visit the website, http://www.unitedtolearn.org/learninglaunch/, then help in one of three ways:
Make a Donation: Make a cash donation, and our staff will purchase the most needed items for teachers’ classrooms and deliver them directly to the schools.
Shop Online for Classroom Resources: Select and purchase items from the Top Classroom Needs list or buy items for a specific school. Choose the United to Learn Gift Registry as the shipping address to have items delivered to the U2L office.
Buy Classroom Resources In-Store and Drop Off at United to Learn: If you would like to purchase items at Lakeshore Learning, Barnes & Noble or Office Depot stores, refer to the Top Classroom Needs list. By August 16, you can drop off items at U2L’s office (5310 Harvest Hill Road, Suite 190, Dallas, TX 75230) Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students and teachers.
* Photo provided by United To Learn