Year-round school has been in session now about a month. The start of the traditional school year is just around the corner. So backpacks, pens, pencils, glue sticks, notebooks and various other educational paraphernalia is on display in stores ranging from groceries to department stores.
While these displays stir excitement for many families gearing up for the new academic year, they can be a source of great stress for families whose resources are already stretched to the max.
To assist families who would face significant financial obstacles in equipping their children for the school year, the Rescue Mission, the Volunteer Center, Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace, Word Empowerment Church and Nehemiah Christian Center – to name just a few – collected school supplies and backpacks.
It makes a very real difference for students to be able to walk in the first day with the same items that their peers have.
As the school bell rings, we would like to extend a thanks – and this week’s Grit Award -- to the organizations that have reached out to help these students. We would also like to thank the families who participated in the backpack events because they wanted to ensure that their children walked into school the first day ready to learn.