The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) used part of its 2019 National Fall Conference to help World Vision with a program to aid a local elementary school in Austin, Texas. Volunteers personally distributed a total of 500 backpacks during the event filled with school supplies and hand-written notes of encouragement for the current academic year.

Bluebonnet Elementary is a Title I school that serves more than 770 elementary students. A school is eligible to become part of the Title I School-wide Program when the poverty level of those enrolled is at or above 40%.

“Bluebonnet Elementary faces challenges that include a high rate of economically disadvantaged families,” said April Lewandowski, community engagement coordinator for the Bastrop Independent School District. “We are glad to have the support of AAMA and World Vision in terms of getting much-needed supplies into the hands and backpacks of our schools most in need. With over 770 students attending Bluebonnet, there is a great need for school supplies every year.”

This event was coordinated in partnership with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them reach their full potential through programs that assist impoverished communities.

“AAMA’s partnership with World Vision, and the association’s commitment to their mission, continues to be an important part of our efforts to better the communities we visit,” said Janice Yglesias, AAMA executive director. “We thank our volunteers, who worked hard this fall to help hundreds of children in the Austin area.”

AAMA member companies collectively donated $12,000 to sponsor 500 backpacks in total. The top donor organizations were Lippert Components and MI Windows and Doors.