EPCC CARES: Service Learning Program ‘School Store’ Delivers Supplies to Area Students
El Paso, Texas(July 13, 2020)— El Paso Community College (EPCC) are providing backpacks filled with school supplies for 1,200 students at area elementary schools through its annual Service Learning School Store in partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation. This effort ensures that students are prepared with the supplies they need to start the school year. Usually kids pick up their backpacks at EPCC campuses and participate in campus tours, but due to COVID-19, Service Learning Program faculty, students and other volunteers will be delivering the backpacks to schools.
EPCC is committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region by partnering with the El Paso Community Foundation, school districts and other partners on various initiatives. “The purpose of the EPCC school store is to prepare students with the supplies they need and motivate children for the coming academic year,” Patricia Islas, Service Learning Program Coordinator said. “We also want to create a connection that will encourage students to go to college and that EPCC would be a great place to start in the future to further their education.”
For the past five years, the EPCC stores have provided school supplies to schools as well as provided campus tours and information to students about going to college. This program has expanded significantly due to the generosity of a donation from the El Paso Community Foundation. As a result, more schools and volunteers participate each year and more kids are able to benefit from the program.
EPCC School Store Coordinator, Shanan Valles and Service Learning Program students are being assisted in this effort with the support of and volunteers from EPCC’s Career and Transfer Services, New Student Orientation, Dr. William Serrata and President’s Office staff and others. EPCC’s efforts were enhanced by sponsorship and volunteer assistance from the community, including the El Paso Community Foundation, Peter Piper Pizza, HHC, 1-36 IN BN (Spartans), 1stABCT 1st Armored Division, Sgt. Michael White and school district personnel.
The Service Learning Program at EPCC encourages civic responsibility among students through community service. The program supports community agencies trough collaboration that provides opportunities for students while strengthening our region. Through Service Learning, students can apply newly acquired academic skills and knowledge to address real-life needs in their own communities and reflect on the meaning of this service.
EPCC serves more than 28,500 students and offers 145 degree and certificate programs. Throughout its 50-year history, the college has remained focused on engaging students, growing community partnerships and fostering excellence. By creating a college-going culture and implementing innovative student success initiatives, EPCC is transforming the pathway to higher education and developing a better-prepared workforce for our region.