The Clothing Bank Etc hosted a free Backpack and School Supplies Event on August 12th and August 17th 2017
The Cornerstone Clothing Bank Etc. hosted their 3rd annual backpack event for children going back to school this fall. We served 153 students from first grade through high school with backpacks and school supplies. Everything given out was at no cost to them. The goal was to help promote a good education for our young people by providing them with the supplies they needed to get started. We also wanted to promote reading, so there were retired school teachers, and a reading tutor to talk about reading and how important it is.
First the students selected their backpack from our variety of colors and styles. With the supervision of our volunteers, the students filled that backpack with all the school supplies required for their grade. A list of required supplies from the different schools and grades was provided to us. A separate collection of items for fun was also available. After they filled their new backpacks, the younger students proceeded to our reading department, where our volunteer retired teachers helped select books appropriate for their reading level. Our volunteers devoted individual time with the students, encouraging them on the enjoyment and importance of reading now and for their future. There were lots of books for the students to choose and take home. We also raffled off 3 new student desks.
We had a very excited group of young people and their parents thanking us, verbally and with hugs, for all that we provided them to lessen their financial burden. It is such a pleasure to get such positive feedback from our clients. It makes all that we do at the Cornerstone Clothing Bank Etc. well worth it!
All the Items were donated to Cornerstone Clothing Bank Etc. through the generosity of our community. To name a few donor organizations, Trinity Lutheran Church (through Thrivent Financial) helped us with Backpacks, Urban Alliance helped with backpacks filled with supplies and new books. The book Mobile provided books, Ellington Girl Scouts, our own Clothing Bank volunteers provided school supplies, individuals that did not leave their names, and the list goes on. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their help. It is such a thrill to us how our community cares so much about our young people that they came together again to help us make yet another one of our events successful.
The Clothing Bank Etc. has a wonderful group of volunteers. Without them, the extra events we hold for our clients would not be possible.
Christine Filanowicz (Clothing Bank Etc. Director)