Helping Neighbors: Back-to-School Supplies Drive
FISH OF SANCAP is gearing up for its annual Back-to-School Supplies Drive beginning July 8-22. Starting school with the proper school supplies promotes learning and helps keep students engaged in school. “For families, especially those with more than one child, back to school shopping expenses can become quite large,” states Kathy Y. Monroe, Program Director at FISH. “We have learned that many parents struggle to pay for school supplies along with the additional cash donations requested for reams of paper, craft supplies, planners and more. With it being low season, many parents are not working as much which can become financially challenging.”
FISH is asking the community for help in making school a better place for students and teachers by donating school supplies. Beginning July 8 through July 22, supplies may be dropped off at Bailey’s General Store in the bin near the registers, CVS on Palm Ridge Rd, or the FISH Walk-In Center. Cash donations will also be accepted at FISH where you can choose to designate your donation toward their school supplies drive.
Through partnerships with Friends Who Care and Captiva Chapel by the Sea, Target™ gift cards and undergarments will be included when supplies are distributed. With community support, FISH can help defray the expense of back-to-school clothing and supplies for 60 students in grades K - 12.
For a complete list of school supplies by grade, please visit https://sbl.leeschools.net/our_school/supply_list:
“It feels like students need more and more supplies these days, and as a mother of two children, it becomes costly. And, the older they get, the more expensive school tools and computer subscriptions seem to become. I never want my kids to go without, especially when it comes to educational supplies. The restaurant where I work was slower than usual this season, and I didn’t make as much from shifts and tips as I normally do. When I heard FISH had a school supply assistance program for qualified households, I was so grateful,” Island mother of two attending The Sanibel School.
“Our hope is that every child has exactly what they need to begin the school year,” says Maggi Feiner, FISH President & CEO. “We want our future leaders to have the necessary tools to excel, and it starts with the supplies; it really matters. We are so thankful for our partnerships with Captiva Chapel-by-the-Sea, Friends Who Care, and the Island community who are so thoughtful in supporting our island youth. Thank you in advance for your support.”
For additional information on how to help students with back to school supplies, please contact Maria Espinoza, FISH Walk-In Center Manager or Anthony Morales, FISH Social Services Assistant at 239-472-4775. To learn more about FISH, please visit www.fishofsancap.org