Junior Auxiliary recommits to school service

TUPELO – Members of Tupelo’s Junior Auxiliary are ready to help schools serve their neediest students again this year, representatives of the organization told school leaders on Thursday.
Junior Auxiliary held its annual School-Aid luncheon for administrators, school board members, counselors and school nurses in the Tupelo and Lee County districts. The luncheon, which was held at First United Methodist Church, served as a reminder of the services the organization provides for the schools.
“Having them as a resource is phenomenal,” said Milam Elementary counselor Brandie Harris. “During these economic times, there is not a lot to fall back on when you need something. It is a valuable resource.”
The organization served more than 3,600 students last year through its various programs, which include a school-supply drive, a clothing closet and eye care for needy students.
The organization’s Drama Queens also put on a play for students each year. This year’s theme is cyber bullying.
“We use them quite often,” said Shannon Elementary Principal Ida Brand. “Junior Auxiliary is very valuable to the community, as well as to the school.”
In addition to school supplies and clothing, the JA provides students with various needs, such as jump drives and music instruments, President Julie Smith said. School counselors or nurses refer students to Junior Auxiliary.
Smith said the organization is able to provide all of its programs through the money it receives from Charity Ball, the organization’s lone fundraiser. This year’s event will be Feb. 10.
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