Nearly 1,000 backpacks donated to Longfellow students

August 22, 2011
by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service staff

Yiting Mao, Edgar Mendez

Volunteers from Ernst & Young and Longfellow school recently packed backpacks filled with school supplies for each of the school’s 950 students.

Gabriela Mora, a recent Longfellow graduate, prepares to fill backpacks with school supplies.

About 25 employees from the accounting firm along with Longfellow staff, parents, graduates and neighbors filled long tables in Longfellow’s hallways and library with pens, crayons, rulers, flash drives and other supplies.

Wendell Smith, principal of Longfellow, said that as much as he appreciates the donations, “what’s really phenomenal is the effort. This is physical work to make sure the kids coming to school are ready to rock the school year.”

Julie Hahn, an Ernst & Young volunteer, added, “It just gives me a good feeling knowing that you’re helping out your community and also seeing the kids’ faces when they get their supplies.”

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