Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Staples for Education: Giving Youth the Tools to Succeed

Getting children ready to go back to school is hard enough without worrying about how to pay for school supplies.

That’s why for the fifth year in a row, Community & Neighbourhood Services has partnered with Staples stores to ensure youth have the supplies they need to succeed in school.

“We get letters from families that receive the backpacks saying how much they appreciate the help,” says Carmen Marquez, a youth social worker with The City who has been involved in the program since its launch. “When you are struggling to get by, it makes a big difference, especially in homes with multiple school-aged children.”

Through community agencies and other connections, the Staples for Education program receives requests for support from low income Calgarians. Staples stores then collect cash and school supply donations that are put into backpacks and given out at the beginning of the school year.

In 2009, volunteers filled more than 2,000 backpacks with supplies; double the number filled in 2008.

“Staples for Education is definitely growing,” says Marquez. “Our goal this year is to fill 3,500 backpacks, but we also want to connect families-in-need to other resources in their communities.”

For information on how to register a family for the program, call 3-1-1.

The deadline to register is August 13. To learn more about this program, please visit Calgary.ca/staplesforeducation or your local Staples store.

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