School supplies needed to send kids back to school with the tools to succeed
London, ON - Friday, July 19, 2019 - It's back-to-school time already and Best First
Day is asking shoppers to pick up an extra backpack and supplies for a child in
need. The annual community-wide drive organized by United Way, Thames Valley Education
Foundation and The Salvation Army hopes to collect 4,000 backpacks filled with school
supplies for kids from kindergarten to high school. Best First Day is collecting
donations until August 12.
Anticipating the first day of school is exciting for many families. But for parents
struggling to provide rent and food, the idea of shopping for a new backpack and
filling it with school supplies can be a huge stress. For kids, having the right
tools, from pencils to scientific calculators, is also about belonging.
"A new backpack is a little burst of joy," says Dawn Ruddick, incoming Principal
at Lord Elgin Public School. "For teachers and educators, it's a symbol of hope
when kids have the things they need for their learning journey. We don't want any
child to be left behind."
Best First Day's goal this year is to collect 4,000 backpacks filled with school
supplies for students in the Thames Valley District School Board, the London District
Catholic School Board, and First Nations schools across the region.
"Thanks to the generosity of area businesses, individuals and volunteers, we can
provide thousands of kids with those basic items they need to start the school year
off right," says Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex.
Want to help? Visit Best First Day to start a collection drive, donate supplies
or cash, or volunteer. The collection drive runs until the week of August 12. Need
a backpack? Students, parents or guardians can contact their school principal to
request a backpack.
About United Way Elgin Middlesex
United Way is a movement of people working to ensure that every person in every
community across our region has the opportunity to reach their full potential. As
the largest non-government funder of social services in Elgin and Middlesex counties,
we tackle #UNIGNORABLE issues linked to poverty and social exclusion through strategic
leadership, advocacy and investments in 92 programs at 54 partnerships proven to
get results. Donations stay 100% local, always.