For the past several years members of the 1 Campus 1 Community (1C1C) Student Leadership Team have worked with teachers at Brown Elementary, located in the Midtown neighborhood, and Millsaps College faculty and staff members to provide classrooms with much needed supplies during the holiday season.
The Holiday Drive originated through conversations with teachers and staff at Brown concerning the challenges faced by public school teachers to provide supplies for their classrooms in a financially stressed district. Living into Millsaps College's priority of partnering with local K-12 public schools to share resources and meet the genuine and expressed needs of educators and students, Millsaps faculty and staff members were able to adopt classrooms, offices, and the health clinic to make gifts of crucial supplies such as pencils, erasers, and paper, as well as fun goodies for holiday celebrations.
In a process inspired by the Salvation Army's Angel Tree drive, all teachers and offices at Brown Elementary where given the opportunity to complete a list of most needed supplies for their students. Through November, Millsaps student leader Liz Allen worked with the 1 Campus 1 Community Fellows to coordinate the 20 generous individuals, departments, and athletic teams from the Millsaps community who volunteered to adopt or sponsor all of the participating Brown Elementary classes. Liz and other members of the 1C1C Leadership Team collected and delivered over $600 of supplies and gifts to Brown during the first week of December.
While connecting the resources of the Millsaps community to the needs of one of our strongest community partners, the Holiday Drive exemplifies the College's strategic plan by reaching "Across the Street" in meaningful ways to bring our communities together for mutual benefit and growth. Operating under a leadership development model, Liz and other 1C1C Leadership Team members gained valuable experiential knowledge of the challenges and value of being civically engaged citizens whilst addressing the genuine needs of teachers and education professionals at Brown Elementary in time for the Holiday Season.