Leadership Douglas County Alumni are putting the Giving Tree Committee to work again this year to collect school supplies for students in need in Douglas County. This year they’re partnering with the Douglas County Libraries and four Douglas County Safeway stores to collect supplies, and with the Douglas County Educational Foundation Fill the Gap Program, to make sure the supplies get to the students and teachers who need them. Last year the Committee, in partnership with a group in Castle Rock, collected over $10,000 worth of supplies and backpacks. Students and teachers were touched by the effort. One student wrote, “Thank you very much for the backpack. It was great and I like the stuff too. I was very happy.”
There are many families in Douglas County living on the edge. According to research done by the Leadership Douglas County Class of 2010, nearly 12,000 residents of Douglas County are living at or below federal poverty levels. Thirty-one percent of these are children. There are 450 homeless students in the Douglas County School District and more than 4000 students who qualify for the Federal Lunch Assistance Program. In addition, parents are being asked to pay for busing and other services, which can strain the family budget. When supplies run short, or students come to school unprepared, teachers often step in to fill the gap, buying supplies with their own money. Or, worse, the unprepared student is consistently unable to participate in class and falls behind in his work.
How can you help?
Bring your donations to the following:
- School supplies to any Douglas County Library between Monday, July 12th and Friday July 30th
- School supplies and cash to the Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Rock and Parker Safeway stores between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 17th and 18th.
Also, The Giving Tree is looking for volunteers to collect school supplies at the Safeway stores on July 17th and 18th. Contact Sharon Nemechek at email@example.com or Susan Squyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteering.
Because the Educational Foundation can buy supplies at cost, your cash donation goes a long way. Five dollars will supply an elementary student with crayons, pencils and erasers for one school year. Ten dollars will supply one classroom with enough pencils for every student for a year. Twenty dollars will supply one elementary classroom with basic supplies (paper, glue, scissors and rulers) for a year.
If you’d like to donate supplies, the schools especially need:
MINI PENCIL SHARPENERS
DRY ERASE MARKERS
PENCIL TIP ERASERS
DRY ERASER ERASERS
SCISSORS (REMEMBER LEFTIES TOO)
For more information please contact Sharon Nemechek at email@example.com or Susan Squyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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