UWM officials and members of the UWM African Diaspora Council gather at a ceremony celebrating the school supplies drive. From left are Tammy McKinney, interim provost Scott Gronert, UWM Police Chief David Salazar, Brenda Cullin, Chancellor Mark Mone and Diana Borders. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)
UWM police help deliver the collected supplies to LaFollette Elementary School. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)
Students and teachers help unload the supplies. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)
Donated supplies included classroom items such as rulers, dry erase markers, colored pencils, backpacks and construction paper. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)
Brenda Cullin holds a door open for a student helping unload supplies. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)
Students gather with police and members of the African Diaspora Council for a photo. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)
For its sixth annual drive, the UWM African Diaspora Council collected supplies for LaFollette Elementary School, an MPS school about two miles west of campus in the 53206 ZIP code.
“Because of the inflation, we know that a lot of schools would probably be hurting,” said Brenda Cullin, co-chair of the African Diaspora Council advisory committee. “Our goal is to make sure that teachers aren’t reaching into their own pockets to keep their classroom stocked and to make sure students have all the necessary tools needed for a successful year.”
The African Diaspora Council is an employee resource group composed of Black faculty, staff, retirees and alumni of UWM. The group helps the surrounding community through professional, academic and community development.