WEST ORANGE, NJ - World Organization for Positive Action (WOPA) donated backpacks and school supplies to third and fourth graders at both Washington and Hazel Elementary Schools on Wednesday, August 27.
Both Washington and Hazel are considered Title One schools. Under a provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act created by the United States Department of Education, they receive funding due to a higher percentage of students from lower income families.
Excited children and parents stopped by the school gymnasium to pick up their supplies from WOPA, an organization formed in 2006 "with the objective of helping improve conditions for families and individuals in need of food and medicine" as well as other services.
Said Board of Education President Sandra Mordecai, who was on hand for the distribution at Washington, ""This is the second year we have received such a generous donation from the World Organization for Positive Action, which is family-owned and run. It exemplifies the true meaning of giving back to your community."
She continued, "I also learned yesterday that this organization built a school in the Dominican Republic. The West Orange Board of Education is truly grateful and we thank the Tobal family for their generosity."