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Back To School Project Ready For 2009

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL)

For 16 years now, Black Hawk County's ‘Back to School' Project has been giving away free school supplies to children whom might otherwise not be able to afford the supplies so often taken for granted.

Students who attend school in Black Hawk County, Kindergarten through Middle School may qualify for the program, but they must register to ensure eligibility. Registration takes place all during the month of July at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, located at the corner of East 11th and Sycamore Streets in Waterloo.

Project Coordinator, Ruth Orth, says, "Our principal activity is to raise monetary donations and donations of new school supplies that will be distributed to students in Black Hawk County who have registered to receive them."

The project needs about $ 30,000 annually to operate, so, obviously, the project needs support from the Cedar Valley community. You can call Ruth Orth on her cell phone for more information at: 319-240-7470.

Online Reporter: Ron Steele

rsteele@kwwl.com

For additional information see the press release below from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Back to School Project  
Back in Full Swing for 2009 - 2010 School Year
Register July 1st - 31st at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank

The Back to School Project began in 1994 as a nonprofit organization. The mission of the project is to provide new school supplies to families in Black Hawk County that need assistance. Students who receive new school supplies can be proud to go back to school with the same supplies as every other student.

The primary goal of the project is to assist as many students as possible with the help of the community. To accomplish this goal, project coordinator Ruth Orth asks for help from the community in raising funds and collecting supplies each year. Every monetary donation or donation of supplies helps the project. Last year, the Back to School Project provided school supplies to over 2,000 students.

The organization has no paid staff, so volunteer help is also necessary to make the project a success. In July, volunteers give their time at the registration site located at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Parents are required to register their students in order to receive supplies. In August, others help to collect, sort and inventory supplies. Many volunteers are needed in the final week to prepare individual sacks of supplies to meet each student's needs. Volunteers also help on distribution day to make sure that all the students receive their supplies.

To qualify for the Back to School Project, students must attend school in Black Hawk County. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible. Students must be registered to ensure that they receive the supplies requested by their school for their grade. Registration takes place during the month of July at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

If you have any questions, please call Ruth at 319-240-7470. Monetary donations can be mailed to Back to School Project, P.O. Box 2334, Waterloo, IA 50704. School supplies may be dropped off at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

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