USM Introduces 'Blessings in a Backpack' Program for Incoming International Students

By Cyril Zachariah Updated On - Aug 05, 2021 04:07 PM

Understanding the international students need support and help, especially during such difficult times where the entire world is facing a pandemic, three University of Southern Mississippi organisations have joined hands to provide the students with the basic school supplies that they can use in the upcoming Fall semester.

Extending a helping hand to the incoming international students to the US, a few organisations within the University of Southern Mississippi have partnered up. As per the official notification from the university, three organisations within the university have joined hands for the 'Blessings in a Backpack' programme.

As the new academic year and international students start to arrive at colleges, the three organisations, viz. USM Staff Council, USM Association of Office Professionals and USM Sigma Alpha Lambda Honour Society will help the international students be ready for the upcoming semester.

The 'Blessings in a Backpack' program will see the organisations pack up a backpack full of essential school supplies that international students may need for the Fall 2021 semester at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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The notification also highlighted the item donations that the organisations require to fill up the backpacks. Some of the items required have been listed below:

  • Pens

  • Pencils

  • Erase Boards (Small, Dry)

  • Transparent Files

  • Loose-Leaf Paper

  • Notebooks

  • Bluebooks

  • Binders

  • Highlighters

  • Bullet journals

  • Index cards

  • Markers

  • Umbrellas

  • Reusable masks

  • Wet wipes

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Those interested in donating such items can submit the same at the “Collection Boxes” located on the Hattiesburg Campus at different locations. Among some of the locations include the Asbury Hall by Freshens, McLemore Hall by Career Services, Cook Library by Starbucks, The Fresh Food Company and by Subway in the R.C. Union.

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