By Sandy Baldi, Special Events Manager
Like many of you, I remember many first days of school from Kindergarten to high school. I remember what I wore and how much I enjoyed writing on the fresh clean pages in my notebooks. These are happy memories, filled with anticipation and excitement of what the school year would bring.
As an adult with a child of my own, I became acutely aware that not all children are afforded the same happy first day of school memories that I had. For too many kids, summertime isn’t filled with beach vacations and sleepovers. It’s a time when kids are hungry and wishing for more food while parents struggle to pay for basic necessities. For these families, backpacks and pencils aren’t on their radar.
To assist families, the United Way of Tri-County partners with local agencies to identify children in need to deliver our Tools for School program. We believe every student deserves to have a positive experience at school from day one. A backpack full of grade appropriate school supplies allows kids to start school with all the tools they need to support learning in the classroom. Students equipped with the right supplies have more confidence, are more successful, and look forward to going to school.
Our goal this year is to provide 800 backpacks full of school supplies to local children. To accomplish this we join with generous individuals, businesses and faith organizations who work together to make the community better for all kids heading back to school this fall.
More information about Tools for School can be found at https://www.uwotc.org/backpack