Recent News:Long Beach Family Kicks Off Food DriveJuly 2, 2020 “What would you two like to do when we get home?”, asked Michael McGill. Michael III and Remington are no stranger to getting involved in helping others. After donating over 250lbs of food to the Lawton, Oklahoma Food Bank, it felt natural for them to take on the same challenge here in their home town. The McGill family would like to ask your family if they would join them in taking part of their impromptu food drive for the Long Beach Community Pantry The fathers name is Michael McGill, him and his sons run a 501c3 nonprofit charity called the “School of Athens”. “We focus our energy on underprivileged children and veterans so that they can get an equal opportunity at life.”, says Michael McGill Jr. You might have saw this dynamic team on the news in January, were able to wipe out 17 elementary schools lunch debts across Harrison County and Gulfport School Districts. They also just recently provided around 1200 nurses with PPE here in South Mississippi. As you can see, they no stranger to working hard at making our community a better place for everyone. Two collection points have been set up and which are located at 128 West 4th St Long Beach, Ms 39560 and at McGill Supply Co. at 8155 Canal Rd Gulfport, Ms 39503. Their goal is to gather at least 500lbs of nonperishable items by July 10th. Although they are from Long Beach but they are an active duty Army family that is currently stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The McGill’s have returned home for a few weeks worth of much needed vacation so that is why the food drive is happening so quickly and has such a short deadline. If you would like to team up to support any family in need, you can contact Michael McGill at 856-689-3040 or MMcGill@HelpSchoolofAthens.comLB Food Drive... Read more...Children’s Charity Switches Gears for South Mississippi HospitalsMay 15, 2020The School of Athens Charity, which typically focuses on children and veterans, is switching gears in an effort to support the community during COVID-19 by helping 1200 medical professionals on the front lines in South Mississippi hospitals. Over the last few weeks, John Paul Beteta at Beteta’s Prints has been using 3-D printers to make Ear Protectors for any medical professionals who use one. John Paul knew that the School of Athens was looking for a project to take on so he reached out to them. Ear protectors take the pressure off of the nurses ears where the rubber bands normally rest. As a result of COVID-19, the School of Athens had all but stopped normal community projects. During the Board of Directors meeting, the board realized John Paul was on to something. The Ear Protectors were cheap to make, so even a small donation would effect a dozen nurses. Michael McGill reached out to Jamie Morris from Gulfport Memorial Hospital and Natalie Bourque from Merit Health Biloxi to see if this was something the medical staff at the hospitals in South Mississippi could use. Both were very thankful for the donation. “I would love to help get this out to the nurses around the area”, said Natalie. The School of Athens is thankful for the donors that made this possible. Without your donations, the charity would not be able to provide for underprivileged child, military veterans and now nurses on the frontlines... Read more...Lawton Elementary School Lunch DebtJanuary 29, 2020The School of Athens has been asked by local people in the Lawton community to help wipe out another local elementary schools lunch debt. ” If we are able to raise the money, this will be the 17th school that we have been able to help“, says Michael McGill. A post was made on the Lawton Grapevine facebook page about a brave young man that asked his mother for extra lunch money. When his mother asked what he needed the money for, he explained that his friend doesn’t get to eat like everyone else and the family sprang into action. The School of Athens is no stranger to the struggles that our children’s schools deal with everyday. Some examples of their hard work can be seen. The charity has provided 300 school uniforms and 100lbs of health and hygiene items to Lincoln elementary this year alone. After paying off over $1600.00 in lunch debt at Hugh Bish elementary in 2018, The School of Athens knew they have uncovered an issue that gets harder to pay for everyday. The School of Athens is 501c3 Nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation to eliminating the school lunch debt, you can do so through Paypal or Venmo @SchoolOfAthens. If you would rather write a check, one of the Board of Directors will personally pick it up from you. You can contact Michael at MMcGill@HelpSchoolOfAthens.com ... Read more...16 Schools Lunch Debt Paid offJanuary 11, 2020 Like father, like sons. Their charity is writing a chapter of a life-long story, attending ‘school’ to learn more about the world and giving back while doing it. They see the problems faced by many all around us, when sometimes they can’t be seen by all. That’s what makes them this week’s Hometown Heroes. Lindsey Goodwin reports. “If you have the ability to respond, then it is your responsibility”, says Michael McGill. Their hard work and commitment to making the world just a little bit easier for people that need a hand can be seen by anyone that knows them. Like Father, Like Son: Meet This Week’s Hometown Heroes If you would like to volunteer or donate you can visit the School of Athens Facebook page.... Read more...Long Beach Family asks for Help Paying off School Lunch DebtDecember 18, 2019You can watch Michael and his father’s YouTube video by clicking here. Please consider sharing. Michael McGill and his son are trying to raise $2,500 in donations to pay off 14 elementary school’s lunch debt throughout multiple school districts in Gulfport and Harrison county Mississippi. With the help of our friends we know that we can change the lives of up to 1000 children. This is exactly what communities helping communities looks like. We all grew up in these schools and it is up to us to make sure that children have a equal chance at life. If more money is raised then even more schools can be helped. Please consider donating to the School of Athens children’s charity to truly make a difference in our community. If you would like to volunteer or donate you can visit the School of Athens Facebook page.... Read more... Donate today. 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