Being equipped with the proper tools for school is essential to academic success. However, for many school-aged children in Polk County, education has taken a backseat due to greater family needs such as food and utilities.
Fortunately, Outreach recognizes that in order to break the cycle of poverty and hunger, children must be prepared to learn and succeed in school. In addition, statistics show that children tend to learn and retain more information if they perceive that they are on a level playing field with other children. Children that are academically prepared have higher self-confidence, self-worth and pride, which in turn, results in better grades.
The School Supply Program serves school-aged children whose families unable to purchase needed school supplies. Each year, Outreach collects or purchases back-packs, pencils, notebooks, pens, paper, rulers and other supplies for distribution. Children receive school supplies either directly from Outreach or through a school supply closet that Outreach maintains at each school in Polk County.
If you would like to know more about this program, or any of Outreach's programs, then please contact us. We would be happy to speak with you about this wonderful program.
For those that wish to donate school supplies, you may deliver them yourself by dropping by our office. In addition, you may make a monetary donation to Outreach or make a gift online which helps support our programs and mission. Your gift will make a difference!
Sample School Supply Items:
New Book Bags
Wide ruled and college ruled paper
Pencils, pens, and mechanical pencils
Large and small erasers
Pencil boxes and pencil pouches
Colored pencils, markers and highlighters
Rulers, pencil sharpeners, and index cards
Crayons and dry erase markers
Glue sticks, composition books, and safety scissors
3-ring binders, notebook tab dividers and pocket folders
Help Your Organization Support Outreach's Annual School Supply Drive!
It is easy to help your organization, club or church support Outreach's School Supply Drive. Simply print out the following PDF document, copy and distribute in your organization's newsletter or bulletin. Click here.