Previous Community Partnerships

Junior League of New Orleans

Kingsley House

Southeast Louisiana Boys & Girls Clubs

Metro Centers for Women

Community Partnership

Each term, the President-Elect selects a local charitable organization or non-profit to form a community partnership with the SMPS Southeast Louisiana chapter. Together, our chapter provides a variety of resources including monetary and supplies donations as well as volunteer hours to the selected organization throughout the year. If your organization is interested in partnering with the SMPS SeLA chapter, please email

2018-2019 community partnership: Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)

Since its founding in 1985, STAIR has made a difference in the lives of more than 7,500 second-graders from Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parish public elementary schools.

Over the past 33 years, hundreds of community volunteers have donated their time and talents to serve as reading tutors, testers and workday helpers. Despite Hurricane Katrina and a re-organized public school system, the STAIR program has maintained its preeminence as one of the most effective children’s literacy programs for students, parents and guardians, family members, teachers and principals in the New Orleans area.

Start The Adventure In Reading's overall mission is to improve the reading skills and self-esteem of lower elementary school students. With your help we can make a world of difference in the futures of children across New Orleans.

The SMPS SeLA board will be hosting a variety of ways to partner with STAIR throughout the year.

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February – April: Book Drive

Due to the nature of STAIR’s tutoring program, specific books are required to fill their library shelves. Please see the list and links below to find out you how can help! Bring books to any event during February, March, and April or contact President-Elect Alexis Vigier Miranne directly

Books include:

  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty


  • Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems


  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


  • A Giraffe and a Half by Shell Silverstein


  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss


  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)


  • You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman, Michael Emberley (Illustrator)


  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes


  • Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo


  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt


  • The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell


  • Any National Geographic Kids Levels 1-3


  • Any Ready to Read Living in… series book


  • Any I Am series book by Brad Meltzer


STAIR has partnered with the Garden District Book Shop to make it easy to donate books that will populate students' home libraries. The following link will take you to a list of books that are always on the STAIR wish list: I want to give the gift of reading!   Your online purchase will be delivered directly to STAIR at no additional charge.

May – July

Volunteer to help STAIR get ready for the upcoming school year. Details to follow!