Good Shepherd Employees Deliver 175+ Backpacks To Roosevelt School9/17/2010
Initiative Is Part of Good Shepherd’s United Way Campaign
Allentown, PA -- How do the busy employees of a bustling health-care campus in Allentown connect with grade-school age children from low-income households? Backpacks – a van full of backpacks filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items.
Six blocks from Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s south Allentown campus is the Roosevelt Elementary School, a COMPASS Community School that is a United Way Community Building Partnership. Roosevelt Elementary School has a student population of which 87 percent are from low-income families, and the students’ need for new school supplies and personal hygiene items is great.
On Tuesday, September 21, Good Shepherd employees loaded more than 175 backpacks into a truck and took them to Roosevelt Elementary School, 210 W. Susquehanna Street, Allentown. The backpacks, which were donated by Good Shepherd employees, were stuffed with pens, pencils, notepads, crayons, markers, erasers, scissors, underwear, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other school and personal items.
“Good Shepherd’s employees embraced the opportunity to help our young neighbors at Roosevelt Elementary School as they start the new school year,” says Sally Gammon , president & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, and chair of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley Campaign for 2010 . “Our staff used the opportunity to donate backpacks filled with supplies as a way to kickoff Good Shepherd’s annual United Way Campaign. I am proud of our employees’ response to this worthwhile cause and their commitment to serving the community through United Way initiatives.”
The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is a convener for systems change, leading multi-partner initiatives that advance model solutions to community problems. COMPASS Community Schools is a United Way Community Building Partnership aimed at improving the educational success of children in high-need communities. Roosevelt Elementary School in the Allentown School District is one of 12 United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s COMPASS Community Schools.
A COMPASS Community School integrates academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement to improve student learning, strengthen families and create healthier communities. A community school builds relationships between the school and other community resources to enhance contact at both ends. The school is a center for the neighborhood and is open to everyone every day. Roosevelt Elementary School’s COMPASS Community School lead partner is the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown. Both organizations receive valuable volunteer and community support from Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Air Products.