Argosy University, Online Programs helps local school by donating uniforms, food, school supplies, and water
As of today, Argosy University, Online Programs (AUO) has raised $1,380 for Pittsburgh Morrow Schools PreK-8 and the donations keep coming in! We have one more week left that we are collecting at our Online Programs location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Being that they’re in a poverty-stricken area, their personal needs are a little different than the usual school supplies.
Students are required to wear uniforms. Nothing fancy, just khakis and a polo shirt, but not all of the parents are able to afford these school clothes. AUO has used some of the funds that were donated to purchase school uniforms. We were able to provide 62 tops and 30 bottoms!
Pittsburgh Morrow is also in need of book bags, so with the monetary and supply donations, we were able to provide the children with 42 book bags!
We were going to use the remaining funds to buy additional school supplies, but after speaking with the principle, we found that their needs go beyond what we would have thought to purchase.
Their schools are not air-conditioned. The heat is a big distraction for a lot of the students there and a number of them are sent to school without drink bottles or water. They have water fountains at the school, but that too becomes a distraction when students constantly need to leave the classroom and go out to the hall for a drink. They said that simply handing a student a bottle of water completely changes the tone and behavior because they are so appreciative. AUO will be donating 3,800+ bottles of water to the school for their students!
Water is not the only thing that the students go to school without. Some of the parents can’t afford to send their children to school with snacks. Having a hungry child in class with nothing to eat is obviously a little heart breaking, as well as a huge distraction. AUO will be using another portion of the remaining funds to donate healthy, non-perishable food items (approximately 1,400 individually packaged snacks) to the school so that they are readily available for the children.
This is going to be a long lasting partnership with AUO and Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8 Schools. Thanks to all of our Argosy University Online Programs’ staff, we’re off to a great start! There are lots of amazing things in the works for the near AND long-term future. Stay tuned!