The Vendome Primary School serves 100 children from ages 6 through 12 years old. It was badly damaged by Hurricane Ivan and the students would greatly benefit from the supplies requested below. True Blue owner Russ Fielden voluntarily teaches a course on hospitality and tourism for the benefit of the local community once per week at the school.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers (110 Power), Working Laptops, and USB Cables
Chess Sets, Puzzles, and Scrabble
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.