School supplies, backpacks distributed by community

Several community agencies are distributing backpacks filled with school supplies today, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 West Walnut St. 

The backpacks are for children who are in need of the school supplies to help give them a start to a successful school year. Families must provide proof of qualification for free or reduced meals or the SNAP Program to receive a backpack.

The backpack distribution comes as a result of the Stuff the Bus campaign held July 13-14 in which a large variety of school supplies were donated at various collection points including both Dillon’s, Target, Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 12, with a half-day orientation for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade, seventh grade, ninth and tenth grades and all students new to Garden City Public Schools. The first full day of school for Garden City Public Schools is Tuesday, Aug. 13, when all classes will be in session for the start of the 2019-20 school year.