United for Education
Aug 19, 2011
Concordia partnered with the United Way to distribute school supplies to children in the community Aug. 18. Families from Cass and Clay counties came to Memorial Auditorium to pick up backpacks filled with supplies.
Nearly 1,000 backpacks were given out during the drive, says Courtney Jones, community impact associate at United Way of Cass-Clay. The Concordia site is unique among the three distribution sites because it helps children to envision their future, Jones says.
"It is really cool to see an institution like Concordia get involved," she says. "It helps kids to dream about college – that it might be possible."
Having school supplies ensures that kids won't have anything holding them back, she says.
Concordia values the opportunity to equip children for success, says Bruce Vieweg, associate provost and chief information officer.
"The Concordia community has a big heart and finds ways to actively express our responsibility to serve others," he says. "We embrace the opportunity to assist in providing children with the tools of learning that are essential to their and our future."