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 Paints and Brushes
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
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.