Submitted by Lopez Island Family Resource Center
The Lopez Back to School Drive is now in full swing! Each year the Lopez Island Family Resource Center, Lopez Village Market and Islanders Bank coordinate collection bins for purchased school supplies and receive monetary contributions. We are committed to making sure that ALL Lopez students are able to start the school year off with the supplies they need for the classroom and for their personal use. Why are these two separate things? Because the school asks Elementary families to help contribute to the classroom school supplies. This enables the teachers to engage students in lots of fun projects, even if it uses up a sea of glue, and that tissues are always available for wiping a runny nose. Therefore, when you contribute to the program you are helping in multiple ways. You are making sure that no child shows up on the first day with nothing to contribute to the classroom; that the students are not bound to certain activities because of a lack of supplies; and that all children have at least a few extra school supplies at home for writing and art projects. All that for donating a few packs of crayons or pads of paper? Incredible. School supply collections bins are located at the LIFRC, LVM and Islanders Bank. If supporting local businesses is important to you, all school supplies are available at island stores for purchase.
If you would like to contribute more to the program, we estimate that a new backpack and all the required school supplies cost approximately $50. Cash or checks designated to the Back to School Drive can be made payable to LIFRC and either dropped off at the office or mailed to P.O. Box 732. LVM and Islanders Bank are also collecting monetary contributions.
Anything and everything is appreciated and put to use. As one parent shares, “having school supplies taken care of really relieves the stress of such a large to-do list -financially and time-wise! Starting school is already crazy, plus holding down a job and caring for all the animals. It helps make sure that I can focus on my child and his other needs. I’m usually struggling to just get a new outfit together”.
Please contact the LIFRC with any questions about the program, eligibly guidelines and for a full list of required school supplies. If you would like to sign your family up, stop by the office at 23 Pear Tree Ln. to fill out an application.