July 25, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - As the summer winds down it is time to start getting prepared for the upcoming school year and over the weekend a solid contingent of Tulane student-athletes gathered to help the Communities In Schools organization unload their supplies at Success Preparatory Academy to help enrich schools in the New Orleans community.
The Green Wave student-athletes and staff members headed to the Success Preparatory Academy in New Orleans on Sunday, July 23 to help CIS set up their "Champ Choice Store". They arrived just in time to help the staff - who had unloaded nearly 20 tons of supplies the day before - by finishing up the heavy lifting from equipment that as donated by the ELCA Youth Gathering that took place in the city earlier in the week.
"We needed some strong arms and extra hands to help us unload this incredible donation," said Communities In School President Sara Massey. "It was natural to turn to the student-athletes of the Devlin S-AFE Center at Tulane for help. They gave us the physical and emotional boost we needed to get the project done quickly so that we could be ready when school leaders and CIS staff, all who are "Champs" for our children, come to "choose" anything they want to help their students."
The group aided in unpacking, organizing and getting supplies ready for the local area schools to utilize for their institutions during the upcoming year. The school leaders were able to sort through the "Champs Choice Store" and select items for their schools. CIS works closely with conventions to help them go green by recycling their leftover items into public schools in greater New Orleans.
The supplies included free-standing basketball goals, couches, poster board, athletic equipment, wheelchairs, DVD players, classroom décor, bicycles, utility equipment and classroom supplies, such as notebooks, binders, markers and poster board. These materials will be distributed to local area schools to aid in the enrichment of their facilities and student bodies.
The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools established its New Orleans affiliate in 1996. Today they serve over 5000 students across 12 New Orleans public schools, both charter and Recovery School District operated schools.
The only affiliate in Louisiana, CIS New Orleans is a part of the nation's leading organization for dropout prevention. The organization has 5,000 professionals and 65,000 volunteers on the ground and work with more than 3,200 K-12 public schools in the United States. Those schools are in the most challenged communities in 26 states and the District of Columbia, with CIS serving nearly 1.4 million young people and their families every year.
To get involved or learn more about Communities In Schools you can visit their website at www.cisneworleans.org.