Project Fresh Start School Supply Drive 2013
Did you know that more than 3,000 children attending Portage County schools in grades K-12 qualify to receive free or reduced priced meals through their schools? That’s roughly 1/3 of all students enrolled in Portage County schools. Project Fresh Start is a program designed to help these children start off the school year with all the supplies they need to succeed. Through Project Fresh Start any child who qualifies to receive free or reduced priced meals is eligible to receive free school supplies. Providing free school supplies helps families in need; alleviating anxiety about the cost of a new school year and positively impacting their children’s academic success.
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General Information and Project Fresh Start Facts:
PURPOSE: The purpose of Project Fresh Start is to provide necessary school supplies to students in Portage County who qualify for the free or reduced priced meal program. Project Fresh Start is a program of United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center.
HOW IT WORKS: The start of a new school year means buying school supplies. For lower-income families, it can be a time when money is tight. Project Fresh Start depends on the support of our community to help provide school supplies to students in need. This year, more than 3,500 students are eligible to participate in this program.
Beginning in July, local businesses, organizations, and other groups will collect school supplies to drop off at designated sites throughout the community. All collected supplies are dropped off at the Stevens Point ShopKo on Tuesday, August 13 or Wedneday, August 15. Donated supplies are then counted, sorted, and packed into backpacks. Supplies are distributed to registered children on Saturday, August 17 at Ben Franklin Jr. High School. A second event for Almond-Bancroft students is held on Tuesday, August 27 at the Almond-Bancroft School District.
WHO RECEIVES DONATED ITEMS?: Last year, Project Fresh Start served approximately 1,200 students. Any child who is eligible for the federal free or reduced priced meal program is eligible for Project Fresh Start. In 2012, approximately $63,000 worth of school supplies was distributed.
HOW PARTICIPANTS REGISTER: Eligible participants should complete and return their registration form no later than August 2, 2013. Forms are available at school offices, the United Way office, and online at www.volunteersrock.org/PFS. Almond-Bancroft Students can register on-site at Almond-Bancroft School on August 27.
HOLD a DRIVE or BE A DROP SITE: Businesses and organizations are encouraged to help by holding their own internal collection drive or being a public drop site partner. For information about how to hold a drive, be a drop site or to see what groups are already participating, go to www.volunteersrock.org/PFS.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: All students in grades K-12 receive a backpack, if needed. Students also receive pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, glue, a pencil bag or box, highlighter, ruler, scissors, notebooks, folders, binders, loose-leaf paper, and other items according to individual grade requirements.
For a complete list of supplies being collected, go to www.volunteersrock.org/PFS. Supplies that we often fall short of in collecting include: backpacks for older grade levels, red pens, black dry erase markers, sharpies, protractors, pencil cases, index cards and compasses.
VOLUNTEER: We need A LOT of help to assist with collection sites and to sort and distribute supplies during the week of August 12. Starting June 15th, individuals may view and sign up for volunteer opportunities online at www.volunteersrock.org/PFS.
CASH DONATIONS: Cash or check donations are accepted at United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center. Donations to support Project Fresh Start can be sent to: Project Fresh Start, 1100 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 302, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
FOR MORE INFORMATON: Contact United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center at (715) 341-6740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.