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TANA backpack program in Atlanta school

October 2006
TANA backpack program in Atlanta school

Giving backpacks to needy school children was started in Texas by Telugu Association of North America's (TANA) former president, Dr. Navaneeta Krishna Gorrepati. This program has been supported and carried out by TANA since. This year the program was carried out in Texas, Detroit, Maryland, and Atlanta.

Seetha Vallurupalli, Regional Vice President of TANA, took the initiative in Atlanta. She chose the chose Kimberly Elementary School in the southwestern part of Atlanta. The school administration was very enthusiastic about the program and they welcomed TANA with open arms. 150 backpacks were given to needy children.

This program took place on September 12th at Kimberly Elementary school's open house. Patricia Lee, School Administrative officer, introduced Seetha Vallurupalli and Dr. Ranakumar Nadella to the audience. Seetha Vallurupalli told the audience, "This is just the beginning and that in the future TANA hopes to do more for the community." Dr. Ranakumar Nadella, a long time life member, trustee, and advisor to TANA explained that TANA wanted to give something back to the community where help was required the most.

Parvathy Kancherla and Padma Nadella were happy to provide additional financial support to the program even though it was short notice.

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