Wednesday, 03 August 2011 14:54

Trio of agencies gearing up to get children ready for school

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Partnerships and co-operation have become the best means of accomplishing common goals, and this year Salvation Army, Interfaith Food Bank and United Way will work together to co-ordinate their annual programs that help to recruit backpacks and school supplies for disadvantaged youth.

The Salvation Army Back Packs for Kids, Interfaith Food Bank First Day at School and United Way Tools For School campaigns each encourage contributions from the community to help children start off the school year prepared and equipped with the supplies required for learning.

By combining resources and co-ordinating volunteers and activities, the three agencies hope to streamline collections and distribution, and limit duplication of services.

This year’s joint efforts will provide backpacks and school supplies to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and will assist Lethbridge School District 51 and the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division with additional supplies.

Donations will be recruited throughout the summer, and agencies are hoping to have the majority of supplies in by Aug. 10 to allow adequate time for packing and distribution before the first day of school Aug. 31.

List of requested school supplies:

• new backpacks;

• pencil cases;

• small tissue packs;

• HB pencils;

• ball point pens;

• highlighters;

• erasers;

• geometry sets;

• duo-tang folders;

• scribblers;

• pocket portfolios;

• pencil crayons;

• glue sticks;

• lined loose leaf (100’s);

• dry erase markers;

• wax crayons;

• washable felt markers;

• scissors;

• binders — all sizes;

• loose leaf dividers;

• tape;

• calculators;

• pencil sharpeners;

• 30 cm metric rulers;

• hygiene items such as toothpaste;

• toothbrushes.

Several local businesses, clubs and organizations throughout Lethbridge will assist in collecting supplies on behalf of any, or all three participating agencies. If a group would like to participate as a local drop off location, contact an agency official to arrange for a collection bin.

Donations of new backpacks and/or school supplies will also be accepted at each of the three agency locations. As well, financial contributions will be accepted to help purchase extra backpacks and supplies as required. Charitable tax receipts can be issued for all financial gifts and/or any donation of school supplies accompanied by a cash register receipt.

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