Members of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Joint
Enlisted Council delivered school supplies to Saratoga Elementary School in
Springfield, Virginia, Aug. 20.
NGA held a back-to-school drive over the summer to collect
school supplies for local elementary schools.
Air Force senior airmen Melissa Linder and Lindsey Alexander
and Air Force Staff Sgt. Cesar Angel Marrero delivered supplies to Karen
Spradlin, a social worker at Saratoga Elementary School.
Families have needed assistance acquiring school supplies
for their children, said Spradlin.
“Coming to school on the first day with the supplies that
students need to succeed makes a world of difference in their confidence and
readiness to start the new school year,” said Spradlin. “Community support is
an integral part of educational success for students who face financial hardship
“My mom, sister and grandmother are all
teachers, so I know that every little bit helps,” said Marrero. “Education is
very important and anything to help the students, teachers and administration
is worthwhile and rewarding.”
While some items were delivered Aug. 20, the agency collected
donations until Aug. 30.
“The school supply
drive helps students, parents and teachers get all the school supplies they
need, even if parents cannot afford everything on their child’s supply list,”
This is the fourth year NGA has conducted the back-to-school
The Military Enlisted Council, a professional and social
association for the NGA enlisted ranks, serves as an interface between the
service members and helps to provide fellowship, knowledge sharing and an esprit
de corps among the enlisted community.
To learn more about the Military Enlisted Council, reach out
to Linder at Melissa.D.Linder@nga.mil.
Photos by Brittany L. Reid, Office of Corporate Communications.