School Supplies for US Virgin Islands

We have been provided with the following list of school supplies that are needed by the school in the US Virgin Islands. The Island was hit by last year’s hurricane and this school has been seriously affected as a result. Your support this year would mean the 200 students they serve will have continued supplies of educational materials. If you are not able to donate the school supplies, will you consider a monetary donation to help us with the shipping cost of the school supplies?

For a monetary donation, please Click Here.

For School supplies donation, please see the list below and contact me smareligne@unikids.org or 502.235.8682 to arrange to pick up/drop off.

  • Many easel style whiteboards
  • Small, lap size whiteboards
  • Expo markers & erasers
  • Sharpie markers (fine point, regular, extra-large)
  • Graphing display calculators
  • Cork boards
  • Post -It; various sized packs of colors
  • Post-It flags
  • Thermal laminating pouches 8 7/8″ x 11 3/8 “
  • 120 composition books-wide ruled Priority
  • 120 composition books-college ruled Priority
  • 120 graph ruled composition books-4 squares per inch Priority
  • Pencils-pre-sharpened, #2, soft lead yellow barrel Priority
  • Tri-fold display boards (black and white)
  • Binder clips-assorted sizes
  • Flash drives
  • Banker boxes

Thank you so much for your continued support. We can’t do all that we do without your help.

You are highly appreciated!

Senait Mareligne, Director, UniKids

UniKids, a 501©3 non-profit organization in Louisville, KY, provides gently used and new school supplies to students in orphanages and underprivileged families in developing countries.

Thank you Note – Humana

Last September, the StratCom Culture Club at Humana, Louisville, KY organized a collection drive to help UniKids. They collected and donated crayons, colored pencils, markers, rulers, erasers, scissors, folders, etc. We are so happy to have received these school supplies. Our special thanks goes out to our supporter and donor Tonya Donahue for coordinating this effort. Students in developing countries will be benefiting from the donations we received from the culture club. Thank you!

folk tale greedy dog

Ethiopian Folk Tale: THE GREEDY DOG

For generations, Ethiopian stories such as this, with their perceptive wit and useful lessons, have been used to entertain and instruct young children.

I am sharing these folk-tales from the collection of stories by author Shlomo Bachrach, 1967. 

A folk tale always starts with the teller saying “Teret Teret” and the kids saying “YeLam Beret“.

The Greedy Dog

Tadesse lived near the town of Ambo. He lived with his parents. He took care of his father’s sheep. Every day, he took the sheep to the field. His dog went with him. The dog was a good companion. He was very helpful. He helped Tadesse take care of the sheep. In the morning, the dog helped take the sheep to the field. In the evening, he helped bring the sheep home. The dog was a good worker, but he was also very greedy. He wanted everything for himself. 


One day, the dog stole some meat from the house. He ran away with it. Soon he came to a river. Over the river there was a bridge. As the dog crossed the bridge, he looked down at the water. He noticed his reflection in the water. He thought that it was another dog with more meat. At first, he was frightened by it. Then the greedy dog wanted the other piece of meat. He jumped into the water to get it. When he jumped into the water, he dropped his own piece of meat. He couldn’t find the other dog or the other piece of meat in the water.


“Oh!” he said. “It was a trick. There is nothing here.” Then he said happily, “I still have my own piece of meat.”

He looked for it but it was gone. “Now I have nothing,” he cried. In this way the dog learned a lesson. It is not good to be greedy.

The End!


Senait Mareligne