Submitted to the Current
Members of the Rockwood Summit High School community are sending some of their college-bound graduates off with a care package of sorts.
The Rockwood Summit Adopt-An-Alum program is for Summit graduates who may not have a lot of money to spend on supplies for college.
Social studies teacher Becky McLaughlin, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Emily McKnight, social worker Melissa Feig and college and career counselor Ivy Hutchison organized the effort.
“Three years ago a small group of us created the Adopt-An-Alum program when we had a number of graduating seniors who did not have enough money or resources for the dorm supplies they needed,” McLaughlin said. “We knew making this physical transition easier for them would translate into a better academic and social experience as well.”
McLaughlin said staff members created a list of important items college students would need, such as bedding, toiletries and backpacks, and used community and staff donations to put these items in the hands of college-bound seniors.
“The first year it was a mixture of new and gently used items,” said McLaughlin. “But we have been able to expand the program to include new supplies, and also to include our graduates who are going to community college. This year we were able to give all of our community-college students a new, fully stocked backpack.”
McLaughlin said Rockwood Summit’s parent organization, football boosters and staff have been major contributors. The church known as The Crossing also contributed stocked backpacks and more to equip as many as seven students. Kellison Elementary staff members made donations as well, providing supplies for one of their own graduates.
“Everything is confidential,” said McLaughlin. “So those donating don’t know the students and the students don’t know who provided everything. It has made a huge impact on the lives of many Summit graduates, helping provide them with a successful transition to the next stage of their lives.”