Local schools and organizations organizing school supplies drive for Afghan youth in Fort McCoy | Local news

Local organizations and schools are teaming up to organize a collection of school supplies for young Afghan refugees attending classes in Fort McCoy.

Great Rivers United Way (GRUW), UW La Crosse, University of Viterbo, Western Technical College and La Crosse School District have compiled a wishlist of 673 items totaling approximately $ 7,800 for “Operation Allies Welcome School Supply Drive “. The supplies will be given to the approximately 2,000 children who still reside at the base at Fort McCoy.

Heather Linville, associate professor at UW-L and director of teaching English to speakers of other languages, said educators at UW-L, Viterbo and the West have collaborated with Department of Homeland Security and Fort McCoy to identify essential educational materials needed.

“By purchasing wishlist items, the public can help our Afghan guests in a very real way,” said Linville.

Purchases made through the Wish List will be delivered directly to Fort McCoy to expedite receipt and comply with security protocols.

“This school supplies campaign is another example of how Great Rivers United Way is working to build community partnerships to meet the needs of our local community,” said Mary Kay Wolf, Executive Director of GRUW.

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