AAMA and World Vision Fill Backpacks for Students

Window & Door magazine
October 17, 2017
 AAMA volunteers

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a local Title I elementary school in Greenville, South Carolina. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event. Volunteers wrote and included notes of encouragement for the current academic year, then visited the school in person to distribute the backpacks. Hollis Academy is a Title I school that serves approximately 689 elementary students, according to Ken Arnold, director of attendance and social work services for Greenville County Schools.

"The school serves an ethnically diverse population, with the common denominator being the challenge of poverty,” says Arnold. "Hollis Academy's motto is 'Caring for children today...Creating leaders for tomorrow.' I would like to put emphasis on the word 'caring' as the school does much more than just educate students. AAMA is helping us care for the children of today, as we help them become the leaders of tomorrow."

The event was coordinated in partnership with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them reach their full potential. World Vision does this by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.

AAMA member companies collectively donated $12,000 to sponsor 500 backpacks in total. The top donor organizations were Lippert Components and Velux.