TUPELO – Leaders of Tupelo’s Junior Auxiliary thanked educators this week for working with them to serve children in need.
The organization had its annual School Aid Lunch for school administrators, board members, counselors and nurses from Tupelo and Lee County schools. The event at First United Methodist Church serves as a reminder of the available services.
“It is a way for us to show our appreciation to counselors, administrators and nurses of the city and county schools for what they do every day,” said Tami Young, first vice president of Junior Auxiliary. “They are our eyes and ears, and without them making us aware of the needs, we wouldn’t be able to adequately do our job.”
The organization provides clothes and school supplies and helps fund eye doctor visits and eyeglasses for children referred by school counselors and nurses. It also holds camps for rising seventh-grade boys and girls, puts on anti-bullying plays, teaches CPR and character education classes and provides scholarships.
“They help us with anything we need,” said Lawhon Elementary Principal Corlis Curry.
Last year, the organization provided clothing and school supplies to about 430 children, toothbrushes to more than 500 children, Christmas gifts to 57 children and eyeglasses and eye exams to 41 children.
“Because they do so much to help our students at Verona, JA leaves us with a JA, a jolly attitude,” said Verona Principal Temeka Shannon. “They do so much good work.”
JA will begin its blue jeans and coat drive in schools on Sept. 6, said School Aid Chair Mandy Murff. The Charity Ball, Junior Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser, will be held Feb. 7 at the BancorpSouth Arena.