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posted Oct 15, 2010, 6:27 AM by Suzanne WARDINI   [ updated Oct 15, 2010, 6:56 AM by Unknown user ]
Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Have you ever stopped and wondered who are the people who keep ISD clean, safe, and friendly? Our maintenance staff is a significant part of that equation. The Jappalé Committee of ISD is concerned with providing support for our maintenance staff, an essential part of our ISD family.

Jappalé is the Wolof word for “support”. With our current 11th grade class, the Jappalé Committee formed in 2009 through service work and relationship building with our staff. This 2010-2011 academic year the Jappalé Committee has a full calendar and we want you, our parents, to get involved. 

One of the Jappalé Committee's initiatives is to support the educational endeavors of the children of our maintenance staff. This year we are organizing a school supply drive to support our staff and their families. 

The Jappalé Committee has had numerous conversations with the staff about specific needs and ways in which they and their children could be best supported and two items are of top priority: inscription fees and school supplies. 

Inscription fees (registration fees) can be very high for children - most primary and middle schools are at least 45,000 CFA per student. Also, both public and private schools require monthly tuition fees as well, which are roughly 10,000 CFA per student. Expenses with school supplies can also be very high, especially if one family has numerous children in school. 

The Jappalé Committee is collecting, gathering, and distributing school supplies and monetary assistance to each of our staff families with children in school. 

Goods desired are: pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, compasses, rulers, color pencils, pencil sharpeners, book bags, games, and puzzles. Any monetary donation is also appreciated and accepted. 

The Jappalé Committee will be collecting these items from now until Friday October 29, 2010. You may send these items with your child to give to his/her homeroom teacher. 

The Jappalé Committee would like to thank you in advance for your consideration and assistance. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Philen at Also, in the future there will be other opportunities to get involved with Jappalé. 

The Jappalé Committee