El Paso Community College is having a School Supply Drive for in need elementary students.
The Service Learning Program, along with Assistant Professor of Psychology, Shanan Valles, have been collecting school supplies for local elementary students who have been identified by their school counselors as students who are in need.
They will be putting on their 4th Annual School Store Event on July 28 at the Rio Grande Campus.
Valles wants to exceed last year’s record of 214 children, with a new goal of 300 children.
“The School Store at EPCC provides local, economically disadvantaged elementary school children with the necessary school supplies to succeed in school while fostering an interest in higher education. At the annual School Store event held at the Rio Grande Campus, students are introduced to a variety of possible careers for future study. Students learn about EPCC programs, career opportunities, and the different departments in an academic environment. They earn Tejano Bucks, or play money, for visiting several educational booths and learning about various careers. Students are then encouraged to visit the school store and ‘shop’ for school supplies using their earned money,” explained Valles.
“The children have been identified by their school counselor as at-risk and have been personally invited to the event. We also work with the Salvation Army, Lee & Beulah Moor Group Home, and area shelters,” added Valles.
“Schools near the Rio Grande campus are the ones that are mainly targeted since it is easier for those students to travel to that campus. Students from schools such as Aoy, Mesita, and Douglass Elementary school are who have been invited,” said Clerk for the Service Learning Program, Irene Perez.
“EPCC Rio Grande Campus School Store was initiated in 2015 as a pilot campus Service Learning project. Working with students and being directly involved with the community at an academic level, the idea of establishing a school store where children in the area could learn about the college. For the past three years, the project has grown tremendously in participation and need,” said Valles.
The supply drive is accepting new crayons, notebooks, scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, backpacks, markers, paper, glue and anything else an elementary student might need.
Through July 27, anyone can drop off supplies at eight locations at four EPCC campuses. Mission del Paso has three locations, room C150, Library and Law Enforcement Academy.
Valle Verde is accepting supplies at the Library and room C414. Rio Grande is collecting at the Library and in room B206, and Rebekah Bell’s office at the Transmountain campus in room 1221.
Valles is also looking for volunteers to help set up on July 27 and to help at the actual event itself. She is also inviting EPCC Clubs to set up booths and give out useful information about continuing education and career choices to study to young children.
For more information about volunteering and setting up a booth, contact Shanan Valles at firstname.lastname@example.org.