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by Susie Ellison | Jun 13, 2019


Montgomery, AL – The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) held its 2019 Convention in Montgomery, Alabama, June 9-12, 2019. At the convention, CLAS completed its first convention service project to fill red wagons benefitting Children’s of Alabama. CLAS and its affiliates met their goal and filled eleven wagons with items from the Children’s of Alabama wish list.

The wagons are filled with toys for children ages birth-18 years old. Wagons are used not only to transport the sick children around the hospital but to also assist families bringing in car seats and luggage for extended hospital stays. The toys provide entertainment and at-home comfort in an unfamiliar environment for the children and help keep the patients’ spirits bright as they receive medical care.

"Children's of Alabama has met the medical needs of families in our state for years," said Vic Wilson, executive director of CLAS "We care about our communities and the students in our schools and we love having this opportunity to show Children's how much we appreciate the work they do serving the children of Alabama.  This is just a small way of saying, ‘thank you.’"

The affiliate organizations of CLAS participating in the project include Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators (AAESA); Alabama Association of Middle School Principals (AAMSP); Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP);  Alabama Career and Technical Administrators (ACTA); Alabama Council for Special Education Administrators (ALA-CASE); Alabama Child Nutrition Directors (ACND);  Alabama Association of Curriculum Development Administrators (AASCD);  Alabama School Personnel Association (AASPA); Alabama Association of Prevention, Support, and Attendance (AAPASS); and School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA).

CLAS is Alabama’s premier school leader organization. Founded in 1969, CLAS is dedicated to the advancement of public education.

(For more information, please contact Susie Ellison, CLAS Communication Coordinator, at 334.265.3610 or at

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Photo: CLAS leaders showcase the red toy-filled wagons donated by CLAS and its ten affiliates at the 2019 CLAS Convention Second General Session June 11, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama. Download Photo

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