Local senior community to host back to school supply drive

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A local senior living community is leading an effort to make sure students All Saints Academy have the tools they need for the coming school year.

Residents and employees from Atria Aquidneck Place will host a school supply drive from Aug. 4 through Sept. 8. Donations may be dropped off to the collection basket in the Atria Aquidneck Place lobby at any time between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The first day of school for All Saints Academy students is Aug. 30. 

All Saints Academy assists students whose families may be enduring economic or financial hardships. Requested supplies include, but are not limited to: notebooks, pens, pencils, index cards, highlighters, binders, folders, erasers, markers, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and tissues.

Atria Aquidneck Place is one of nearly 200 senior living communities throughout the U.S. and Canada operated by Atria Senior Living. Atria communities across the map are organizing their own school supply drives to help provide a local solution to widespread challenges.

The drive is part of a yearlong event series inspired by The Wisdom of Curiosity, a planner that provides a 52-week journey of learning and new experiences. The planner, created by Atria and given as a holiday gift to residents of all its communities, presents questions, exercises and tools to facilitate new experiences.

“Our residents are deeply invested in their local community, and it’s important to them to contribute to future generations,” said Ivan Colon, executive director at Atria Aquidneck Place. “Volunteerism allows us to partner with local schools and others to make the strongest impact in the community. We want our local students to have what they need to do well this school year, and we hope others will join us in this effort.”

For more information on how to participate in the school supply drive, call 401-683-3072. For more information about Atria Aquidneck Place, visit online at  

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