August 16, 2011
Good education starts with school supplies
When there’s a community need, Issaquah takes care of its own. And Issaquah residents always put education on a pedestal. School will soon be starting and parents have already begun the major shopping spree to outfit returning students. Not every parent has the means.
The need for back-to-school supplies is critical. Have you thought to buy an extra box of crayons?
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank expects about 500 children of their clients will need backpacks filled with notebooks, paper, crayons and marker pens, red and blue pens, erasers and glue. And those are just among the minimum needs.
Younger kids need scissors and rulers and a box of tissue to stock the classroom. Older students need everything including scientific calculators, memory sticks and composition notebooks.
Parents can turn to the clothing bank for donated jeans and shirts, but parents who are trying to keep the rent paid could use some help with new socks and shoes.
This is the week when donations must peak so backpacks can be filled and provided in time for the first day of school on Aug. 30.
Donations can be brought to the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E. (just north of the city pool), any day of the week. Designated cash donations are also welcome.
Other organizations — primarily churches — are also collecting school supplies. Friends of Youth Issaquah, 414 Front St. N., is primarily collecting supplies for teens.
Beware of store drop boxes that are collecting school donations for out-of-town organizations — if giving locally is a priority to you.
Let’s make sure every Issaquah student will return to school with excitement, ready to learn. What’s more exciting than a new box of crayons?