Recent News: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...Volunteers honor graves of the UnknownDecember 16, 2019The annual tradition to honor the servicemen and women brought out the best in Americans this weekend at the Fort Sill Post Cemetery. “We started this tradition in New Jersey around 2013, and we have been doing all over the United States since” says Kristen Henry. As she takes the time to look around the cemetery, she couldn’t tell you how many hours her charity the “School of Athens” has invested into this project. It all started when the co-founder of the children’s and veteran’s nonprofit charity, Michael McGill III had to choose to put a wreath on the grave of an unknown soldier or one that had a name. Michael asked his father “which one should I pick?” His father told him that is something that he must decide on his own. Michael was not sure if he made the right decision by placing it on the unknown’s grave. Later on that day in the car ride home, Michael asked his father if the charity could take on the project of providing every unknown soldier with a wreath. It did not take long at all for the charity to agree that this is exactly what our charity does. After 16 weeks of planning and asking for donations, The School of Athens was able to raise enough money to buy 213 wreaths. Now it was time to reach out and find volunteers to wake up early on a weekend and step out into a very cold December morning. It was not too hard to find people that were no stranger to selfless service. Cullen O’Neill and Carrick Porter, Field Artillery officers from Fort Sill, were the first to show up and jump right in. “Being an American and getting a chance to honor the fallen like this just felt like it was my duty to be part of this,” says Cullen O’Neill. Without partnering up with the Silent War Foundation, this would not have been possible. Shane Mason, a Army Veteran brought out volunteers from his charity because of the emotional impact this has on the families on fallen warriors. It is important that the children be involved in this. They are the future that will eventually watch over us as we have done for these heroes. This is something that they love doing and it really shows when they are saying the names of the fallen or just placing their hand on the graves of the unknown. These children that you see today will be the future leaders of our country and we have a chance to instill the values that will guarantee nothing but greatness from them. If you would like to volunteer or donate you can visit the School of Athens Facebook page. We Also Accept Venmo Donations!Our Venmo Name is:SchoolOfAthens ... Read more... Donate today. All donations are tax deductible.We are currently in the process of upgrading our website. Check back soon for more information and updates….