ACOM Class of 2021 students pack backpacks for local elementary schools

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) welcomed a new class of students last week – the Class of 2021. Student orientation week concluded with the college’s annual community service event. New student stuffed almost 1,800 backpacks with supplies for four Dothan elementary schools – Cloverdale, Jerry Lee Faine, Girard and Morris Slingluff. The students divided into four teams to fill the bags with age-appropriate supplies, including notebooks, crayons and markers. Once all backpacks were full, student loaded the bags onto two school buses and delivered them to the elementary schools.

One of ACOM’s core values is service, and this event highlighted the importance of serving children in our community. This event was geared toward instilling that spirit of service in its students through the interactive, team activity. Last year, ACOM was able to provide all backpacks for students at two local elementary schools (almost 800), which fulfilled supply needs throughout the school year. This year, ACOM doubled the number of schools and backpacks to help provide much needed supplies for underserved children and ease financial burdens for parents and teachers.

This event was sponsored by Jim Whaley Tires.