UA Little Rock Children International seeking donations, volunteers to purchase back to school supplies

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Children International is seeking donations to purchase school supplies for hundreds of children in Little Rock. 

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. 11, at the Jack Stephens Center on the UA Little Rock campus.

Children International believes that education can help children overcome poverty. Many of the families Children International serves lack the funds and resources to provide school supplies for their children.

Just $10 is enough to provide basic school supplies for one child on their first day of school. Donations can be made by visiting this website. Donors should select “Other” in the fund category and type Children International in the box.

Children International is also recruiting volunteers to assist with the Back to School Jamboree, where school supplies will be distributed to children. Bilingual speakers are especially encouraged to consider volunteering to help serve the growing Spanish-speaking population of the area.

Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, check in volunteers, hand out school supplies, manage stations, help children write letters, and other activities.

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.

The event will also feature the Junior League of Little Rock’s “Boosters and Big Rigs.” The free community event provides children with an educational and fun opportunity to explore community vehicles like ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and more. Children will participate in a variety of games and activities while free lunch is also provided.

For more information, contact Stephanie Jones, UA Little Rock Children International volunteer and outreach coordinator, at 501-663-5541 or

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