LA First Lady calls on support for Gulf Coast children

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First Lady Supriya Jindal Calls for Support of Children Impacted by Oil Spill

BATON ROUGE – First Lady Supriya Jindal called on Louisianans to support children impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by donating school supplies for the upcoming school year.

First Lady Supriya Jindal said, "The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has greatly affected the lives of many Louisiana citizens. As we face the challenge of cleaning and restoring our marshes and wetlands, with its vibrant fisheries and delicacies, many of our citizens will need our help and our continued prayers.

"Adults and wildlife are not the only ones affected by this spill; our children are affected as well. With the start of school in the not too distant future, many families in coastal Louisiana will be faced with the strain of providing the necessary school supplies our children need for success in school.

"To help our children start off the school year, and to help alleviate the additional burden on families already faced with unprecedented challenges, we're launching a school supply drive. I am hoping citizens will aid our efforts by collecting school supplies for children along Louisiana's coast."

To donate, supplies can be mailed or dropped off at Louisiana's Governor's Mansion by August 1, 2010:

Attn: Kellie Duhon

1001 Capitol Access Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

For more information contact Kellie Duhon: 225-773-1415

Suggested School Supplies Needed for One Elementary Student:

Backpack

Crayons - 24 count

Scissors (Fiskers or other child friendly brand)

2 Marble backed composition books

Large pink pencil eraser

Glue sticks- 3 pack

Washable markers (8 basic colors)

Yellow highlighter

4x6 ruled index cards- 1 pack

Self-stick post-it notes (100 sheets, approx. 3"x3" size)

Wide-ruled loose leaf paper

1 pack Multi-colored pack of construction paper

(3) Plastic pocket folders with prongs

Manila file folders, 1 pack

#2 pencils, 12 pack

Baby wipes, 1 package

Box of tissues

Ziploc bags (1 pack gallon and and 1 pack quart size)

1 large roll of paper towels

1 bottle, hand sanitizer

Other items for consideration: sneakers, khaki pants, socks