Each year the Marianas Office of MLSC sponsors a "Back To School Project." We collect donations in cash and in-kind from local attorneys (and anyone else who wants to donate) and then distribute school supplies to needy children in grades one through 12.
This year our list of donors includes:
Lillian T. Ada
Thomas E. Clifford
Committee to Elect Eric Atalig
Saipan Community School
Robert T. Torres
Vicente T. Salas
Esther M. San Nicolas
Marcia K. Schultz
These generous contributors made it possible for the Marianas Office to distribute so far:
82 book bags, each containing basic supplies (binder, filler paper, folder, notebook, composition book, pencil case, pens & pencils; and grade-appropriate add-ons like ruler, glue and crayons; or protractor/compass set and graph paper; or white paper and highlighter)
6 bookbags with some bulk supplies to share (These went to one family with many kids in school.)
37 small supply kits (notebook, composition book, pens and pencils, extras if available)
We selected recipients from our database of clients, choosing families with the lowest income. We also took call-in requests and referrals from social service agencies. We sent some bags to Rota and Tinian for identified needy kids there. Obviously, there are many more kids we did not reach. But we're happy that we reached more than 100 kids in our community, with supplies to motivate and excite them about their return to school.
Thanks to everyone who made this project a success.
(We'll continue through this first week of school, if there are any others who want to make last-minute donations.)