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Suncoast getting head start on school supplies

May 3, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The 2016-17 school year is coming to a close, but for the Suncoast Community Center at 2241 Case Lane, it's never too early to think about next year, especially for those who are in need.

That's why Suncoast this past week kickstarted its school supply collection campaign with a goal to give 150 children backpacks and the needed school supplies for next school year.

Jennifer Youngs, Community Support Services resident coordinator, said the program is meant to benefit all Lee County children, but especially those whose families live in Suncoast, which is one of the most economically depressed areas in Lee County.

"We've done this for many years. We have parents come in and sign up each child. We always ask if a member of the family is a veteran because we work with AMVETS or other groups associated with veterans," Youngs said.

Suncoast has gotten several companies to partner with them in other matters, but are still looking for more to help out with this event, Youngs said.

Residents of Magnolia Landing Country Club have already stepped up. They have committed to donating the 150 backpacks, as well as 20 scientific calculators and 150 Fiscar scissors. Youngs said while that is great, much more is needed to ensure students have all they need.

"We were blessed to be able to work with them in past years and were considerate enough to participate this year," Youngs said. "We are still in need of one-subject and three-subject notebooks and everything else that goes with it."

Youngs started soliciting the public this week and is looking forward to reaching their supply goals for next school year. The supplies will be distributed to students just before the start of the new school year, which is Aug. 10.

Suncoast is looking to collect 450 to 500 one- and three-subject notebooks, 300 composition notebooks, 300 packs of loose leaf wide-ruled paper, 750 pocket folders, 150 to 300 three-ring binders and glue sticks, 125 boxes of crayons, 100 boxes of washable markers and colored pencils, 150 pencil cases, 300 erasers, and lots of pens, pencils, highlighters, whiteout and dry-erase markers.

Suncoast Community Center serves low-income families in blighted communities, with their mission being to promote community health and self-sufficiency.

Among their programs is a biweekly food, bread and produce pantry, and they provide free programs and services to the community, which includes the annual school supply giveaway.

All donations are greatly appreciated. For more information call Youngs at 731-9838 or e-mail her at jenniferyoungs@goodwillswfl.org;suncoasttaskforce@gmail.com

 
 

 

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