ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Great Rivers United Way said on Wednesday it has partnered with local educational institutions to provide school supplies to Afghan children in Fort McCoy.
In partnership with the La Crosse School District, University of Viterbo, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and Western Technical College, Great Rivers United Way (GRUW) has launched “Operation Allies Welcome School Supplies Drive”.
Local organizations are working with the Department of Homeland Security and Fort McCoy to compile a wishlist of items needed to support newly formed classrooms until at least June.
An Amazon wishlist went live on December 8. It contains all of the materials needed to help educate the nearly 2,000 Afghans taking courses at Fort McCoy.
“The Afghans themselves stepped up and said ‘We want to be educated, we want to learn while we wait,'” said Heather Linville, director of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, associate professor and director of education. from English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). “I think it’s phenomenal. The fact that our community, people in our community, also stepped up and said, “Hey, while these people are here, even though they’re not permanently settled in Wisconsin, we want to help them through this. that they are here. “
The items on the wishlist are all under $ 30. They include pencils, notebooks, flashcards and dictionaries.
To support Afghan guests at Fort McCoy, visit Amazon’s wishlist at www.amazon.com or www.ugetconnected.org for volunteer needs.