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Back Packs Program Helps Two Southwest Atlanta Schools

October 2007
Back Packs Program Helps Two Southwest Atlanta Schools

Telugu Association of North America (TANA), one of the largest Indo-American organizations with over 10,000 members, promotes a community initiative titled "Back Pack Program," which was started by Dr. Navaneetha Krishna Gorrepati five years ago in Texas to lend a helping hand to underprivileged school children.

Seetha Vallurupalli, south east regional vice president of TANA, chose four southwest Atlanta schools namely - Dunbar Elementary, Peyton Forest Elementary, Venetian Hills Elementary and Perkerson Elementary school.

"The idea behind the program is to give something back to the community which enhances positive thinking and boosts the quality of your life," said Seetha Vallurupalli. Ramesh Gude and Prasad Pavolu, two individuals from the Indian community in particular were appreciated for their generous support.

Dunbar Elementary School Principal Betty Green was more than happy to receive the back packs for their school and thanked TANA for reaching out to the less fortunate.

Peyton Forest Elementary school Principal Karen Barlow Brown was pleased to hear that her school had been chosen for the program. Miss Brown said, "The back pack program will promote our children to perform better. All the kids are so curious about the program and excited to receive the back packs."

With several hundred back packs already given to needy children and a successful fundraising cultural show, TANA hopes to spread this program to more schools in Georgia to help deserving children get a stronger foothold in education.

~ Preeti Shah

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