Recently I was talking to a friend of mine regarding my concern for children who come from families who are struggling to provide back-to-school supplies. As we talked about the opportunity for community members to donate notebooks, pens, pencils and backpacks, my friend launched into her own story. She told me that her eldest daughter was ready to begin school when her situation changed at home. Her husband left her with nothing, so she applied for a position back in Michigan to be closer to her parents. However, it took all she had to get moved and she was worried that her daughter would not have everything she needed to start school.
She knew that her daughter had grown a lot during the summer and wouldn’t fit into her clothes from the last fall, and she certainly didn’t have funds to purchase a new backpack or other school supplies. Being a woman of faith, she prayed that she would be able to provide for her daughter as she began school. The next morning she opened the door and there was a big box filled with a mixture of gently used hand-me-down clothes and items that still had the price tags! There was even a backpack filled with school supplies. When she checked the return address, she noted it was from a friend. When she phoned her friend to thank her, she learned that her friend had gone through her daughter’s closet pulled out items that no longer fit her. When she mentioned the backpack, her friend told her that they had been at the store getting back-to-school items and her daughter had suggested they send the items along with the clothes.
At Columbia Schools, we too have families, who struggle just like my friend who was in need at that point of her life. As you make trips to the store to purchase back-to-school items for your child or grandchild, you may want to pick up a couple extra notebooks, pencils, pens or even a backpack to donate to someone who is in need. Donations of school supplies may be dropped off at any of the offices at Columbia School District; you never know…your generosity may just be the answer to a mother’s prayer.
If you are interested in registering your child for school or learning how you might volunteer at the Columbia School District, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5175926641.