School Supplies for Local Kids
It seems the kids just got out of school and here we are in 90+ degree weather and talking about school supplies! Love In the Name of Christ—Big Woods is partnering with local churches and civic groups to help kids from preschool through high school in our area who need some extra assistance in obtaining the school supplies they will need this coming year.
Last year 328 kids got backpacks, calculators, and most of the other school supplies they needed to keep up with their peers. The economy has not improved that much and we are expecting to have 350 students come to Love INC this year for supplies at an estimated cost of $16,000. Here’s how you can help the education of our youth:
- School supplies listed to the right can be donated at the collection bins near the Information Desk until August 20.
- When you go shopping with your kids, grandkids for school supplies, add items to donate as a great family project and mission!
- Money donations are also very welcome as Love INC can do the shopping for you. Use a pew envelope or a missions envelope marked School Supplies, and make checks out to Zion Lutheran Church.
- Pray for the kids who will receive these supplies as they go through the steps of educating themselves for the future.
The Zion Social Ministry Committee, whose Mission is to help people in need in our local community, thanks you for caring for these children and for your generous donations.
List of School Supplies to Collect
When it comes to writing essentials, teachers say don’t waste your money on feather pencils, light-up pencil sharpeners, or pretty erasers that don’t work. And for organizational helpers, keep in mind that expensive folders with multiple pockets and zippers are often too bulky to fit in desks. Better to stick with more streamlined (and cheaper) models.
[click here for a printable list in PDF format: school supplies shopping list]
- Glue sticks (at least 3 for the year)
- A four-ounce bottle of white glue
- Scissors (blunt ended for younger kids, pointed for older ones)
- Ballpoint pens
- No. 2 pencils (stick with this classic to avoid classroom competition over whose writing utensil is the coolest)
- Colored pencils
- A pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top to collect shavings)
- Pencil box
- A large pink eraser (the old-fashioned ones do the best erasing)
- Water-based markers
- Highlighters (for third grade and up)
- Spiral-bound or composition notebooks
- Index cards
- A three-ring binder
- Pocket folders (with two pockets, so kids can label one “keep at home” and the other “bring to school” )
- A ruler with English and metric measurements
- A sturdy, supportive backpack (some schools do not permit rolling backpacks because of space considerations)