Northwestern issues S.O.S., helps local elementary school

Northwestern issues S.O.S., helps local elementary school

Northwestern Health Sciences University responded to a call for action this summer after learning that Phalen Lake Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn., was in desperate need for school supplies. The Community Service Committee at the university started the “Save Our Schools” (S.O.S.) campaign and began soliciting school supply and monetary donations on behalf of Phalen Lake.

“With 86 percent of our students on the reduced lunch program, it makes it extremely difficult for them to buy needed supplies for the school year,” said Jan Hopke-Almer, principal of Phalen Lake. “The donations from Northwestern [made] each child feel more equal.”

Ultimately, Northwestern raised $520 and 1,832 school supplies for the students of Phalen Lake.

“The entire university helped to make this event a success, and gave many children a chance to start a fresh new year,” remarked Debbie Miller, chair of the Community Service Committee. “It is amazing how much good can happen with a few people joining together.”

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