“Blessings in a Backpack” program to benefit USM international students

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Three University of Southern Mississippi (USM) organizations have teamed up to support incoming international students as a new academic year quickly approaches.

The USM Association of Office Professionals, USM’s Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society, and USM Staff Council are partnering to help international students get ready for the fall semester with the “Blessings in a Backpack program.” The program provides international students with backpacks filled with school supplies.

The organizations are seeking donations from the university and the local community to fill the backpacks. Items needed include the following:

  • Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Blue books
  • Bullet journals
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Reusable masks
  • Small dry erase boards
  • Transparent files
  • Umbrellas
  • Wet wipes

According to the university, collection boxes for these items are located on the Hattiesburg campus in Asbury Hall by Freshens, Cook Library by Starbucks, McLemore Hall by Career Services, Subway in the R.C. Union, and The Fresh Food Company. Items will be accepted through August 20.

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