(shhh..don't tell anybody) On second thought SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!
I have discovered of late that there are many things in New Albany that seemingly few people know about. Why is a mystery, for many of them are gems to be admired.
One of the best kept secrets in our fair city is the Ed Endres Boys & Girls Club. This program provides a safe, fun, and educational enviornment for kids age 5 through 18 five days a week year round as well as after school tutoring classes during the school year.
The cost per child is very affordable for anyone, they provide a good lunch for all present during the summer, and many of the children involved like it well enough to come back year after year.
Of the hundreds of kids served per annum, many come from low income families and some would otherwise probably be street kids. Instead, they voluntarily choose to learn social skills, art, and computer training to name a few of the activities.
At the beginning of each school year, the club gives each participant a packet of needed supplies to start the year with. The items given are based on a list compiled by the New Albany/ Floyd County School system for each age group. The time is fast approaching, and they are asking for our help.
What follows is an email I received from them along with a the list of needed supplies. This is a very worthwhile endeavor and I encourage all that can to support it however you can!
Each year the Ed Endres Boys & Girls Club collects school supplies to pass out to our members. At the end of our summer, we have a cook out, invite parents to attend, and distribute what supplies we have. It's a lot of fun, and our kids get a lot of what they need to start school off on the right foot.
Would your neighborhood association be willing to collect school supplies for the Club? We will pass out supplies to roughly 150-200 unduplicated kids during the first two weeks of school.
Attached to this e-mail is a list of typical supplies requested by teachers. If your organization is willing to participate, or if you know of a business that would be a great collection site, please let me know. You can contact me at (812) 944-4343 or via e-mail. Thanks for your help!
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Loose leaf paper
Glue (bottle or sticks)
School box (for pencils)
Ziploc sandwich and storage bags
Ink pens (blue or black)
Three ring binders (1 in.)
Post It note pads
Index cards (lined or plain)
3.5 in. disk
Scientific calculator (high school students only)
Betty's email is Betty Hughes [firstname.lastname@example.org] and their website is
Again please consider giving them a hand either as a group or as individual donations.