Jennings Strouss Foundation Adopts Gateway Elementary Classroom for School Supply Drive

8.6.09

The Jennings Strouss Foundation, a 501(c)(3) fundraising organization associated with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, has selected a fourth and fifth grade "combination" classroom at Gateway Elementary School in the Creighton School District for its back-to-school school supply drive.This is Gateway Elementary School's first year to have a combination classroom of this kind, and Jennings Strouss Foundation is committed to helping its 30 students prepare for the new school year.

"On behalf of the students and parents of teacher Rochelle Dion's class, I would like to thank the Jennings Strouss Foundation for its tremendous generosity, said Dr. Nancy Uxa, Gateway Elementary School principal. "Gateway students are bright and hardworking but sometimes need support with the essential tools to help meet success. Because of Jennings Strouss Foundation's generosity, these student will begin next Monday ready to go."

With budget cuts and the number of low-income families at the Gateway Elementary School, the need for school supplies and student assistance is even greater. Many of the supplies run out midway through the school year and teachers are often burdened with providing the funds for materials out of their own pockets. Items collected for the students include: back packs, erasers, #2 Pencils, small pencil sharpeners, spiral notebooks, rulers, supply storage boxes, Post-it notes, crayons, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, scissors, Kleenex and hand sanitizer.

Gateway Elementary has a 98 percent minority enrollment and 90 percent of its students are on the free or reduced fee lunch program. Crisis Nursery, a Phoenix-based organization that provides protection, support and opportunities to local families in need and their children, also feeds into the school.

The drive ran during the month of July and garnered more than $2500 in financial and in-kind donations. Items were delivered to the school by Jennings Strouss Foundation board members on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 in time for the August 10 school start date.

About the Jennings Strouss Foundation

The mission of the Jennings Strouss Foundation is to meet the educational needs of disadvantaged individuals, adult and/or children, in the communities in which the firm operates. This goal is reached through the collective efforts, whether financial, in-kind donation, or volunteer work, of the employees of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., their families, and their friends. Board members include Board Gerald "Buzz" Alston (President); Denise Christiansen (Vice President), David Hansen (Treasurer), John J. Egbert (Secretary), Jean Fielder, Sunita A. Krishna, K.C. Rusbolt, and Valerie J. Walker. For more information, please contact Mr. Alston at 602-262-5966 or galston@jsslaw.com

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