Junior Auxiliary of Indianola said its first service program of the 2017-2018 year has proven to be a great success for the chapter.
The “Bucks for Books” program ran the month of June and was hosted at the Henry M. Seymour Library. Children read age-appropriate books, gave oral reports on them and were rewarded for their efforts.
JA had 45 children participate and a total of $584 was rewarded for all the participants’ hard work.
“This is exactly the type of programs we want to bring to our community. Through Bucks for Books, we are able to encourage literacy in our school-aged children, increase their confidence in their reading skills, and keep their minds sharp over the summer,” Club President Lynsey Phillips said.
Next year, chapter members plan to carry the reading program through the whole summer and hope to see its continued success.
In addition to Bucks for Books, the Indianola chapter is continuing its influence on the community by hosting its sixth annual school supply drive.
JA’s “Stuff the Bus” will be held in the Walmart parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. All school supplies will be accepted. This year, the chapter plans to disperse the donated supplies to local elementary schools later in the fall. After gathering feedback from many area teachers, they found the demand for schools supplies actually became higher later into the school year once their initial supplies were depleted.
Other projects planned for the local volunteer group include projects with local Boy and Girl Scout troops, feeding youth at local churches, annual Thanksgiving and Christmas projects, as well as a new project to help provide uniforms and winter clothing to children in need.
Junior Auxiliary is a non-profit organization. For any questions or concerns, you can email the chapter at email@example.com.