While many parents and teachers are unsure of what the Lee County school reopening plan looks like, FISH OF SANCAP will continue its Back-to-School Supplies Program for the 2020/2021 school year. Last year, FISH distributed supplies to more than 115 school-aged children along with the more than 70 received underwear and socks as part of the program. This year, FISH expects more than 120 requests.
â€œIn a â€˜normalâ€™ year, it is difficult for our clients to budget for school supplies,â€ said Maria Espinoza, FISH Food Programs Director. â€œWith the COVID-19 crisis, there is an unprecedented financial strain on families who have had hours drastically cut or have been laid off all together.â€
FISH is monitoring the discussion surrounding school re-opening plans at Lee County Schools but wants to be prepared for students to have what they need regardless of what the 2020/2021 school year looks like. â€œFor those returning to on-campus classrooms, we suspect that communal school supplies wonâ€™t be available in most schools, which means parents will likely have to provide those extra items for their student,â€ said Espinoza. â€œIn addition, there will be needs for those returning on a virtual basis as well. We just want to be prepared to provide as much as possible for students.â€
FISH is asking the community for help to ensure students and teachers have the supplies the need for the school year. Now through Aug. 3, supplies or financial donations may be dropped off or mailed to the FISH Walk-In Center, 2430-B Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. With community support, FISH can help defray the expense of back-to-school supplies. For a complete list of school supplies by grade, visit https://www.leeschools.net/parent_portal/back_to_school/supply_lists
For additional information on how to help students with back to school supplies, contact Espinoza or Anthony Morales at 239-472-4775. To learn more about FISH, visit www.fishofsancap.org