A collection of school supplies on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, brought in 5,844 items for distribution to homeless students in Indiana and Armstrong counties through the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit.
Students in the seventh- and eighth-grade classes in the United School District donated more than 4,000 items, according to a report from the Indiana County Department of Human Services.
Others were contributed from the Girl Scouts troop in Homer City, the IndiKids program, the Chevy Chase Community Center and The Open Door.
ARIN’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program, the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps, the health and human services subcommittee of the Indiana County Emergency Community Planning Committee, and the Department of Human Services sponsored the school supply drive.
The ARIN program serves children from 11 counties in the region and strives to increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, helps children overcome educational barriers, explains current legislation and policies, and provides practical tips for working with homeless children.