Charter school sponsors toy drive for needy children

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Richard Milburn Academy is a public charter alternative high school geared toward at-risk students. RMA motivates and challenges students to achieve academic excellence, employment success, and social responsibility by providing non-traditional experiential learning opportunities in which students develop self-confidence, self-worth, self-discipline, and self-acceptance. RMA currently operates 14 schools in two states.

Killeen – A public charter alternative high school for at-risk students is sponsoring a social hour and toy drive to help make the holidays a little brighter for some local children.

Richard Milburn Academy (RMA), located at 1001 E. Veterans’ Memorial Blvd., Suite 301C, will host the social hour from 12:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, December 18 to benefit Families in Crisis of Bell County. During the social program, attendees will enjoy holiday entertainment provided by local disc jockeys and food donated by area businesses. Students, parents and community members who attend are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Families in Crisis. The RMA class of 2004 and Parent Teacher Student Association are the event organizers.

School Director Rose Thompson said, “I’m so proud of our PTSA and senior class for organizing this event. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students and community to work together for a good cause. One of our goals at RMA is to help our students learn to be engaged, responsible citizens, and projects like this really reinforce that idea. Everyone has worked very hard on this event, and the support of local businesses has been overwhelming. We’re very excited by the prospect of making a large delivery of toys to Families in Crisis on behalf of our school and our community.”

Richard Milburn Academy features small class sizes, flexible scheduling, a School-to-Work Program, certified teachers, parental involvement and offers a complete high school curriculum. RMA does not charge tuition or fees of any kind. The Killeen campus currently serves the needs of more than 160 students.

Families in Crisis is a United Way organization. It assists and empowers victims of family violence and sexual assault by providing shelter, food, clothing, personal items, transportation assistance and referrals to legal, medical, law enforcement and social services agencies. It also operates a 24-hour crisis hotline and provides intervention counseling, support groups, workshops and educational programs.

For more information about RMA or the toy drive, call student leaders Arlene Cantu and Fred Jones or parent representative Donna Oliver at 254-634-4444. Visit http://www.rmacademy.org for more information about RMA; to learn more about Families in Crisis visit http://www.familiesincrisis.net/about_us.html.

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