University of Arkansas at Little Rock Children International will give school supplies to hundreds of children affected by poverty in Little Rock.
Children International is recruiting volunteers to assist with the event. Bilingual speakers are especially encouraged to consider volunteering to help serve the growing Spanish-speaking population of the area.
In partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock, UA Little Rock Children International will host its annual Back to School Jamboree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Jack Stephens Center on the UA Little Rock campus.
The jamboree benefits Children International-sponsored youths in Little Rock and their families. Activities will include health education and screening stations, games, a community resource fair, and the distribution of school supplies.
Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, check in volunteers, hand out school supplies, manage stations, help children write letters, and other activities.
Children International is seeking donations of No. 2 pencils (12 packs), boxes of 24 crayons, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, composition books, glue sticks, washable markers, 12-inch plastic rulers, child-friendly scissors, pocket folders with prongs, highlighters, wide-ruled paper and spiral notebooks, 1 or 2-inch ring binders, and black, blue, and red pens.
Donations will be accepted until Aug. 10 and can be dropped off at the Community Connections Center or the University District Building.
Anyone who would like to volunteer or donate school supplies may contact Stephanie Jones, UA Little Rock Children International volunteer and outreach coordinator, at 501.663.5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the upper right photo, brothers Alex and Joel Banilla have fun at the 2016 UA Little Rock Children International Back to School Jamboree.