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Back to School Projects helps students for 20th year


As the back-to-school mode is just around the corner, kids are in need of new school supplies. Such items aren't always cheap, so the Back to School Project helps families that may have trouble affording them.

"Most of the families are working families, but they maybe have low income or there's maybe been an illness or a fire, any crisis that comes up. Plus, single parents families, anybody that really needs help," said Project Director Ruth Orth.

Last year, roughly 2,500 students registered for supply sacks; this year, the project helps a whopping 2,776 kids.

The project is a non-profit organization that has been serving students in Black Hawk County for 20 years. Kids in both public and private schools in kindergarten through junior high can pre-register to receive a supply sack. There's also no income bracket in which families must be, anyone that needs help for whatever reason is welcome to sign up each year.

The service is entirely based on donations and volunteers. People and businesses often give cash donations as well as physical supplies. About 150 volunteers helped this year, including Ronda Connelly. From Cedar Falls, Connelly has been volunteering with the Back to School Project for fifteen years.

"It feels great to help kids that need it and so they will have the supplies they need just like everybody else on that first day of school," Connelly said.

Kids that have pre-registered can pick up their supply sacks August 6, 7 and 8 at Irving Elementary in Waterloo from 11-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

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