Several community agencies will distribute backpacks filled with school supplies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 22 at Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 West Walnut Street.
The backpacks are for children who need 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 distribution is a result of the “Stuff the Bus” campaign on July 9-10. The campaign had school buses located in the parking lots of Dillon’s East, Dillon’s West, Target, Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and the Dollar General in Holcomb collecting donations of various school supplies needed for the school year.
School supplies collected for the backpacks are: 24 count crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pens (blue and black ink), highlighters, glue sticks, glue, spiral notebooks (wide and college ruled), loose-leaf paper (wide and college ruled), three-ring binders (1-inch and 2-inch), pocket folders (solid colored), large erasers, pencil cases, watercolor paints, scissors, and washable markers.
Monetary donations were also collected at the Finney County United Way to help assist with buying supplies and filling of the backpacks.
The first day of school for the 2022-23 school year will be August 17 with a half-day orientation for students in grades 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 the district will be Thursday, August 18. All classes will be in session for the start of the 2022-23 school year.