Back-to-school is an exciting time of year for many children. After a summer of rest and play, the newness of a fresh start has lots of kids excited to stock up on pencils and pick out a new backpack. For kids who live under the poverty line, these feelings of excitement can get complicated when they are accompanied by financial instability that can put them at a disadvantage from the beginning of the year.
Kids-Lift aims to lessen the burden of back-to-school shopping for families living below the poverty line. This year, we continued our annual backpack donation and provided 25 backpacks to Stone-Robinson Elementary School in Charlottesville, VA.
The backpacks were filled with supplies like journals, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, binders and dry erase boards. These backpacks were designed specifically to help students learn from home and can be used if schools reopen in person. Each student was given a handpicked backpack to carry their supplies if they do go back to the building.
Additionally, Kids-Lift provided two boxes full of supplies for older kids, like printer paper, personal chalkboard and chalk, composition notebooks, pencil sharpeners, assorted markers, playdough, and highlighters that are more tailored to their direct learning path.
Our goal is to give each child the tools they need to have a successful start to the school year. Since the school year looks different for children across the country, we wanted to ensure that access to supplies was not a barrier to a year of challenging adaptations.