Send kids to school with dignity

BARRIE, ON, Aug. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - While the thought of going back to school may send kids screaming, parents are beginning to look for ways to prepare their children for the inevitable.  Anticipating the arrival of the new school year, The Salvation Army is preparing to hand out backpacks and school supplies for those in need.

"Every year, we have clients asking us if we can provide backpacks and some basic supplies in order to help their child start the new school year off right" says Tracy Calliste, Family Services Coordinator.  "Providing a new backpack can help give a child confidence, knowing that they are not carrying around a torn and tattered bag."

The Salvation Army, with the support of the community, will hand out approximately 100 backpacks with school supplies.  "It's a struggle for some parents.  By offering this opportunity, we are sending children to school with dignity – with a sense of pride and confidence.  Those feelings are important parts of learning", says Jeffrey Robertson, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. 

Anyone wishing to support this program, which runs from August 11-24 can drop off new backpacks and school supplies during office hours (Mon-Fri  9am-11:45am; 1-3:45pm), at 16 Bayfield Street.  For your convenience, both Wal-Mart locations have a special drop-box at their stores to support this program.

Backpacks and supplies can be geared appropriately to specific grades from JK to Grade 12.  Items that are needed include: pens, pencils, crayons, markers, pencil cases, lunch bags, pencil crayons, erasers, dictionaries, binders, paper, rulers, white-out, highlighters, geometry sets, calculators, scissors, etc.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country.  The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and 125 countries around the world.  The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provide shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. 

SOURCE The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division

For further information: Tracy Calliste, Family Services Coordinator, 705-728-3737 or Jeffrey P Robertson, Salvation Army Spokesperson, 416-460-4441