More than 70 local children do not have backpacks and supplies for the upcoming school year, but Joliet Junior College Honors Program students and faculty want to change that.
Liz Costa, administrative assistant for the honors program, hopes the Joliet community will take part in the program’s first Backpack and School Supplies Drive, ongoing until Aug. 15.
The drive will benefit local foster children and One Hope United, an organization that caters to more than 2,000 area children. If more than enough supplies for 70 children are collected, the remainder will be donated to the “Jump on the Bus,” program, organized by Joliet’s Morning Star Mission.
“It’s important to support the children of the community,” Costa said. “It’s a bonus to help the kids in the area, give them a boost, and help them to be successful. Some of these young students, elementary and high school age, may one day be students at JJC.”
Donation boxes, designed by JJC Honors students, can be found in three different locations of the Main Campus, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Those interested in making a donation can drop off materials at the Counseling Center (A-1155), the Office of Student Activities (D-1010), or the Honors Program Office (C-2002).
So far, 54 backpacks, 159 spiral notebooks, 82 rulers, and many pens, pencils and erasers have been collected. School supplies of all shapes and sizes will be accepted.
“We believe that every child in our community deserves access to a quality education and with your support we can help these children,” said Al Golden, honors program coordinator. Golden said the program’s mission is to help students be prepared in both mind and resources. He hopes others will help the Honors Program convey this same message to local children in need.
Costa can be reached at 815-280-2816 or email@example.com for questions. For more information about JJC’s Honors Program, visit www.jjc.edu/services-for-students/academic-resources/honors.