‘ASCLS Provides HOPE’ in Atlanta a Success
Guest post by Beth Warning, MS, MLS, ASCPCM
During the ASCLS Annual Meeting, the Promotion of the Profession Committee (PPC) hosted a Back to School Supply Drive in conjunction with Kids in Need, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). The event was a success resulting with a total of 486 pounds of supplies and $1086 in monetary donations. Thank you to the attendees who supported this project! Judy Stamps, ACFB Coordinator, commented that this amount was over and above the usual amount collected during a Kids in Need drive.
Through this program, more than 4,000 teachers in the Atlanta area are able to shop twice a year for classroom supplies and individual student supplies valued at more than $800 each trip. More than 250,000 low income students will be impacted in nearly 275 schools. In the Atlanta area, a staggering percentage of students are in poverty areas.
During the annual meeting, donation barrels were placed near the ASCLS registration desk at the hotel, providing a visual reminder for attendees. Additionally, meeting participants could make cash or check donations at the school supply area.
A virtual donation website allowed for credit card donations from those unable to attend the meeting. ASCLS would like to extend its thanks to Sonya Clark, meeting manager of the Omni Hotel. With her support and encouragement, hotel staff also contributed items for the drive.
Many positive comments were received from meeting attendees, as ASCLS provided support in the local community. Based on survey responses, the commitment from the PPC for this event is favored and the support of ASCLS members is overwhelming. Plans are underway for ASCLS Provides HOPE in Los Angeles during the 2012 annual meeting, again working with a Kids in Need program for a school supply drive. More information will be available as the meeting draws near.
Photo: PPC Members proudly display the collection. L to R: Mary Ann McLane, Beth Warning, Ben Burgess (ACFB), Barbara Snyderman (PPC Board Liason), Cathy Otto (ASCLS President), Barbara Brown, Shelby Currier, Marcia Armstrong, Jamie Blankenship. Photo/courtesy ASCLS.
Beth Warning is chair of the ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee.