Sparky’s Day of Service August 14

08/11/2017, By Valley of the Sun United Way

Valley of Sun United Way Joins Thousands of Arizona State University Students to End the Cycle of Poverty in Arizona 

PHOENIX (August 10, 2017) — Thousands of Arizona State University students will work with Valley of the Sun United Way on Monday to help break the cycle of poverty in Arizona through Sparky’s Day of Service. 

The event, which will take place on Monday, August 14 will allow students the opportunity to better the community by participating in projects like Weekend Hunger Backpack assembly and school readiness kit creation at all three of ASU’s campuses.

“We’re looking forward to engaging college students in our mission of ending the cycle of poverty in the Valley,” said Francisco Avalos, Director of Engagement. “The support we receive from the community is instrumental in helping us better our community and by working with Arizona State University we can extend our vision to these students, helping us to make a larger impact statewide.”  

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND FILM THE EVENT. For additional information on what will take place, contact Jamie Killin at the information at the top of this media alert.

                DATE: Monday, August 14

                TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                LOCATION: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

School Readiness Kit Assembly (12,000 pouches to be made that go in the kits) and Book in a Bag assembly at Memorial Union - 2nd floor in the Ventana Room and the Arizona Room.

Weekend Hunger Backpack assembly with the writing of Encouragement Cards at Sun Devil Fitness Center (400 East Apache Boulevard).

Visuals of assembly available.

Weekend Hunger Backpacks will be distributed full of food to children who rely on their schools for meals and may otherwise have little or nothing to eat over the weekend. 

School Readiness Kits are specially prepared for children ages three to five-years-old to help them prepare for kindergarten. Each kit contains 80 activities — from recipes for homemade playdough to ideas for nature walks.

Book In A Bag packages are distributed to children to help cultivate a love of reading, and a lifetime of academic success.

All items will be distributed by Valley of the Sun United Way to eligible families. 

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