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Beta Alpha Psi donates to local elementary school

| DeeAnne Peterson-Meyer

On Monday, October 8, two members of Beta Alpha Psi made a special delivery to a local school in need. Beta Alpha Psi members collected school supplies, books, and backpacks valued at more than $500 for the kids at Lakeshore Elementary. The majority of these supplies were brand new items. Armed with six boxes with more than 300 individual packages of supplies, Brandon Simonis and Ashley Tettamanzi, president and vice president of BAP, presented the supplies to Deborah Lewis, partnership coordinator at Lakeshore Elementary. Lewis is the liaison between students, families, staff and community creating partnerships to benefit the Lakeshore population.

Lakeshore Elementary is a diverse population, social, economic and ethnic. It covers a wide area in Eau Claire: the Third Ward, Randall Park Neighborhood, Shawtown, Mt. Washington and Skyline Drive area plus the old Lincoln Elementary school area between Cameron and Vine streets. They are also the school that serves the children of families who are at Beacon House or Bolton Refuge House. The population averages 430 students with a Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 56-60% a year. They are one of the highest Free and Reduced populations in the Eau Claire Area School District.  There is a significant need at Lakeshore Elementary for school supplies and other necessities.

The students and faculty of Lakeshore Elementary pride themselves on their diversity and celebrate the different ethnicities. They also have a strong commitment to give back to those who give to them.  Per Deborah Lewis, their philosophy is that “just because you may be poor you can still give from your heart in so many ways”.  Beta Alpha Psi hopes to provide the school and kids with supplies in the future, collaborating with other COB student organizations in order to make a greater impact.