Throughout the pandemic, Pace’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) has supported our community engagement partners as they adapt to the crisis.

The year ahead promises to offer unique opportunities for community engagement, and we will provide volunteer experiences in which you can participate at home or in locations complying with social-distancing and disinfection protocols. Visit the Community Engagement webpage to find the opportunity that’s right for you and your family. 

As we prepare to return to school, here’s how we’re helping others in the Atlanta community:

Agape Backpack Giveaway: Local schools are adapting to meet the challenges of virtual learning—and freshman Adger Allen has jumped in to help! With the assistance of the Pace community, Allen collected more than 300 backpacks and raised over $2,500 to provide school supplies for the Agape Youth and Family Center’s Great Backpack Giveaway. Thanks to those who donated and to the students who helped sort and deliver backpacks to W.J. Scott Elementary School. On July 31, Agape will distribute over 1,000 filled backpacks to students throughout Atlanta.

Bloom Closet: Pace’s community engagement clubs have stayed busy this summer. Junior Laura Arenth organized an opportunity to support Bloom Closet as the organization turned its annual back-to-school event into a drive-through experience. She and several Upper School students helped hand out bookbags, school supplies, clothes and to-go lunch to client agencies that support foster children across north Georgia.

Purpose Built Schools Supply Drive: To kick off year two of the ICGL’s partnership with Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Pace is excited to support Slater Elementary School with a back-to-school drive. The school’s students, grades kindergarten through five, will start the school year at home and are in need of resources they would typically share during in-class instruction. 

As you shop for school supplies, please considering picking up a few extra items to donate such as composition notebooks, handwriting paper, index cards, notebook paper, multi-colored copy paper, folders, pencil packs, pink erasers, highlighters, crayons, glue sticks, dry erase markers and student scissors. Look for donation bins across campus during the first week of school.