More than 100 volunteers and community partners will join the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) on Friday, September 29 during the 2nd Annual Zip Code 38126 Back to School Project and the Grand Opening of the Booker T. Washington Resource Room.

Volunteers will fill 1,000 backpacks for distribution to 600 students at Booker T. Washington High School (BTW) and 400 students at LaRose Elementary School. Each school will also receive uniforms for their clothes closet.

The resource center will provide a space for families to access the Internet, connecting them to more opportunities such as employment applications, training, and certification programs.

The correlating events represent WFGMs use of the two-generation approach to provide resources for both parents and children that encourages economic security.

Each backpack will include school supplies and health and hygiene bags. There will be a resource packet for parents and guardians to connect them to health and wellness amenities, financial literacy programs, and many other services provided by WFGM grantee and community partners.

The activities align with the five goals of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in zip code 38126, the poorest area in the city of Memphis. The Vision 2020 goals focus on case management, employment training, early childhood education, youth development and financial literacy.

“The Back to School Project and opening of the Booker T. Washington Resource Room is another step in providing on – site resources for our families based on the needs they identify as most critical for success,” Ruby Bright, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of WFGM, said.

“We appreciate the investment in time and resources of the Shelby County School District and all of the South City Partners.”

Founded in the 1995, WFGM is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization of women “helping women break the cycle of poverty through philanthropy, leadership and collaboration.”

Event guest speakers include executive director/CAO of WFGM, Ruby Bright, BTW principal Alisha Coleman-Kiner, LaRose principal Robert Davis, Senior Vice President of Urban Strategies Inc. Donovan Duncan, Chief of Schools for SCS Dr. Sharon Griffin, SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson, Mayor Jim Strickland and a representative from FedEx.

The Women’s Foundation Zip Code 38126 Back to School Project presenting sponsor is FedEx. Supporting sponsors are Christopher Cooley, DDS, Memphis Housing Authority, Nike, Shelby County Schools, Urban Strategies Memphis Inc., and Ryan Vick, DDS.

Zip Code 38126 Back to School Project Schedule:

Booker T. Washington

715 S. Lauderdale St.

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Resource Room Grand Opening

Booker T. Washington

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Larose Elementary

864 Willoughby St.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.