Learn about ALA education initiatives

By Lorinda Kies

Give 10 For Education

All you do is collect 10 items of the same thing. The schools and teachers are happy to get extra supplies in the classroom. Think about how many children can’t afford all the schools supplies they need.

Wouldn’t it be nice to collect 10 pencils, 10 boxes of Kleenex, or whatever you can think of and bring it to a school or two? Your unit can fill backpacks with the items you have collect-ed.

Let’s challenge each other to see how many backpacks or boxes of items each unit can get for your schools.


Boxtops for Education

This program just got easier than in past years. All you must do is download the app and scan your receipt within 14 days and the app does all the work no more cutting boxtops and taking them to the school. There are a ton of products on their long list. Go to www.boxtops4education.com.


Department of Minnesota ALA Scholarships and more

The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Minnesota, will again offer eight $1,000 scholarships to deserving students who wish to further their education, attending any institution of higher learning. They must be a resident of Minnesota or a member of the Auxiliary, Legion or SAL.

There is also the Past Presidents Parley Health Care Scholarship of which up to ten $1,000 scholarships are available to Minnesota Auxiliary members who are furthering their education in any healthcare field.

Our national organization is again offering four national  scholarships this year: Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship, Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members, Nontraditional Student Scholarship and Junior Member Loyalty Scholarship. The American Legion also offers a Legacy Scholarship.

All the forms will be in the next unit mailing and are posted on our website mnala.org un-der the scholarship tab. Be certain you use the current application forms.

Please share these with your school and members and assist eligible persons to apply. If you need additional forms, please duplicate those you received or request copies from the Department Office.