By Amie Hoag, GCC director of communications and annual giving
There are a lot of emotions that come with the start of a new school year: excitement, anticipation. And for some families, one big feeling is stress. Why? Because school supplies are expensive.
In an article published August 2021, Yahoo News reported that the average American family would spend $272 per child on school supplies for the 2021-22 school year, and prices are expected to be higher for the upcoming school year. For many families in our community that cost is prohibitive. They’re faced with deciding between buying supplies for their kids and paying for other necessities.
That’s where the Goodman Community Center comes in. Goodman has set a goal of providing 200 area kids in preschool through high school with a backpack filled with all the supplies they’ll need for the year, and they’re going to need the community’s help to pull it off.
Registration is open to 100 children and youth participating in Goodman programs, as well as 100 children and youth from the broader community. Registration ends Aug. 7.
If you’re able to help, visit goodmancenter.org/backpack to learn more about how you can get involved. If you’re a family who needs help with school supplies for your child or children this year, head to that same webpage to register to receive supplies.
Goodman will host a supply drop off for donations Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Ironworks Building. If you can't bring supplies that weekend, donations can be brought to Ironworks by Aug. 12. Financial donations can also be made online at goodmancenter.org/donate.
Families and children will be able to pick out their supplies the week of Aug. 22 at Goodman.
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