Mayor Richard J. Berry announced a successful school drive along with Albuquerque Public School’s Kris Muerer and the Corporate Volunteer Council President Jaci Bertrand.
August 6, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry announced a successful school drive along with Albuquerque Public School’s Kris Muerer and the Corporate Volunteer Council President Jaci Bertrand. The organizations teamed up forming a private/public partnership, to gather school supplies for children in need.
The goal of the school supply drive was to collect supplies for some 54,000 low-income Albuquerque Public Schools students. More than 30 corporate businesses have been working with the City of Albuquerque to gather the supplies over the past few weeks. All of the donated items will be picked up through a city wide school bus tour, then delivered to the APS School Supply Barn where they will be distributed amongst those students in need.
The students that are receiving the supplies would not have been able to have had the basic supplies, necessary to participate in learning activities within the classroom.
"The community really came together for these students," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "I’m so proud of and grateful to our local businesses for making these youngsters a priority. These kids now have the tools to help them succeed amongst their peers."
Items that were collected for the students ranged anywhere from pencils to backpacks. The school drive was so successful that two school buses are being used to go out and collect all the supplies and deliver them to APS.