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Action Report: School Uniform Drive Helps Record Amount


This story was originally released on October 27, 2015 by WWL TV.

James Lavigne is a busy baby at Sea Early Childhood Academy in New Orleans East.

"He's a 1-year-old active child who gets into everything, but he's sweet, he's really, really sweet," said his mother Ernisha Mackey.

But Mackey was thrilled when James' uniforms were donated through the Adopt a Family school uniform drive.

"I was like wow, uniforms," she said. "He didn't have a uniform, so he wasn't able to blend in with other students."

Boys Town manages Sea Academy's Early Headstart program, and they were urgently seeking help with uniforms.

"Sometimes we think it is just going about putting on a uniform, but when the kids come here and they have on their uniform, then it identifies them with OK, I go here, you know these are my peers," said Sea Academy administrator Niki Dajon.

"We tried to get the funding in the grant, but we had to cut it at the last minute," said Boys Town's Rashain Carriere.

This year's school uniform drive set a new record.

"It went really well," said the non profit Adopt A Family program founder Kevin Buckel. "The response from the first story was incredible. We raised enough funds to help over 1,000 students. However, I still have about 120 students waiting for uniforms, and I'm still getting calls every day."

And that's when Kevin made a second call to the Action Line, because he doesn't want any of the kids to have to go without uniforms. So he's putting out another call for donations.

"We're asking people to sponsor a child for $50," Buckel said. "With that, each child will get three uniforms, and we send a thank you note from the parent or child back to the donor with an actual cash register receipt."