Outreach gears up for back-to-school drive

Published 9:39 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (Outreach) is gearing up for a back-to-school drive. As students return to school this year, many will be without the necessary school supplies essential for academic success. Last year, this program provided more than 400 school children with pencils, packs of paper, bookbags, erasers, crayons, glue sticks, etc.
This year we expect the need to be even greater for children and families in crisis. Michelle Reedy, client services coordinator for Outreach, said, “With over half of our county’s school children eligible to receive reduced or free lunch, we know that many of them will qualify for school supplies too. Creating a level playing field for these youngsters to get off to a good start in school helps them feel good about themselves and encourages pride in doing their lessons well. “
Outreach collects schools supplies throughout the year to stock each school supply closet, but particularly during the summer months in order to prepare for the coming school year. If you would like to donate a new book bag or school supplies for children in need, you can drop off your donation at Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, 134 White Drive in Columbus, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Churches, organizations, families and individuals interested in completing a back-to-school drive on behalf of Outreach can call 828-894-2988.
The supplies are scheduled to be distributed on Aug. 4.
Volunteers are always welcome to help pack and distribute supplies. Call for more information and ask for Michelle.
In addition, monetary donations are always needed and appreciated.
– article submitted
by Wendy Thomas

Current and ongoing school supply needs:

• New bookbags (all ages, but particularly middle and high
• Wide-ruled and college-ruled paper
• Pencils, pens and mechanical pencils
• Large and small erasers
• Pencil boxes and pencil pouches
• Colored pencils, markers and highlighters
• Rulers, pencil sharpeners and index cards
• Crayons and dry erase markers
• Glue sticks, composition books and safety scissors
• 3-ring binders, notebook tab dividers and pocket folders

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