It’s that time of the year again, BACK TO SCHOOL. For some it is looked forward to in eager anticipation, but for others it can be a time of anxiousness. One way to help is by giving kids a bit of confidence with a new backpack filled with new school supplies. First Christian Church of Scott City started the Back to School Backpack project about 6 years ago, says Steve Payne, Pastor. One of the youth leaders brought the need to the attention of the church membership and they set out to pack the packs. That year, they delivered 30 bags to the Scott City Elementary School.
Tammy Reed, 30 year teaching veteran and now retired 3rd grade teacher, organized the project on the inside. “The backpacks began to take up a lot of space, so we cleaned out a cupboard and sorted the individual supplies into baskets. This way, teachers can come and get the supplies a student might need or fill a backpack for a student.” This keeps the supplies accessible and available to the teaching staff all year.
Last year’s donations at First Christian Church exceeded the need for school supplies so Tammy consulted with SCES Principal, Dr. Shawn Roberts. Dr. Roberts had recently attended training on school crisis situations and shared the idea of “Classroom Crisis Kits.” Tammy and her crew began the research and put together a crisis kit for each classroom at SCES. “These are made for any crisis a teacher could be faced with from storm to intruder,” says Tammy. Kits are packaged in a large orange bucket and include: trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, water bottles, a flashlight, whistles, a plastic drop cloth, and first aid supplies. The teachers are so grateful to have these, but hope to never need them.
Tammy’s 30 years as a teacher in Scott City has made her the perfect person to head up the project. This year’s donations have started to pour in as enrollment is set to begin next week. It one of many projects that are happening in Scott County to help get the school year off to a great start! Here are other ways you can help:
Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center is collecting supplies in several locations in Scott City as well as other communities.
USD 466 Teacher Wishlist on Facebook:
Author: Stephanie Fisher
Stephanie Fisher holds a degree in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. She grew up in Scott City where she now lives with her family of 5. Stephanie is the Program Director and Docent at the El Quartelejo Museum and Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection where she shares her love for history and community.