It takes a village to prepare the children of our community for school
Remember the excitement of heading back to school? Summer, at last, had grown boring. The novelty had worn off the neighborhood swimming pool. By the time August rolled around, most of us were ready to get back into the routine school provides.
Picking out new notebooks for the upcoming school year was a joyous rite of passage. (If you’re a certain age, you’ll remember the must-have Trapper Keeper.)
But there are many families among us for whom back-to-school shopping isn’t a ritual. School immunizations aren’t as easy as scheduling an appointment with our familiar and much-loved pediatrician.
For those families, CFSC agencies, including the HopeWorks agencies, are back-to-school angels. Here’s a look at some of the ways our steadfast team is helping ensure every child in our community starts school ready to learn.
A couple of organizations helped ensure the kids in our community didn’t suffer “brain drain” during the summer.
Other organizations are more focused on August and September:
Supplies collected in each county, including Mecklenburg, stay in that county and are distributed to students in need when school starts.
Join us at noon on Aug. 10 at NASCAR Hall of Fame. Please bring supplies to donate, or drop off supplies at multiple collection barrels in and around Charlotte.
On August 20, you can leave a bag of supplies by your mailbox and your postal carrier will pick it up! Visit www.9schooltools.com for more info and to see a map of all collection sites.
In addition, they’re working behind-the-scenes with CMS administrators and other referral sources to build caseloads and assess student needs and address attendance, behavior and academic challenges.
CIS is collaborating with CFSC and other community partners to offer CIS case-managed students access to critical needs, health screenings/physicals (dental and medical), enrichment and experiential learning opportunities, and more, according to Gina Salvati, vice president of advancement for CIS.
The Girl Scouts provided games for the kids. Wells Fargo and American Airlines sent volunteers to help serve.
Every child deserves to feel excitement about the start of school – and to be 100 percent ready to learn. CFSC agencies are helping ensure that happens.