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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
May 2020

A few years ago, while visiting a school in North India, 16-year-old Davita Verma noticed that students had few pencils and other supplies to help them learn. Returning to her home in the Atlanta area, Davita did more research and decided to do her part to help needy schoolchildren.

The 11th grader at Alpharetta High School started a nonprofit called Pencils for Success, which collects new and gently used school supplies and donates them to underprivileged students. Davita initially sent supplies to needy students in India, but is now also helping students in Atlanta.

As she told India West, “minor obstacles like the lack of pencils and other essential school supplies should not hinder the ability of students to learn.”

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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