BOISE -- The summer is winding down and many students are preparing to head back to school. Several groups in the Boise area are holding supply drives to help every student start school with the necessary supplies and organizers say they’re still looking for certain items.
CITY LIGHT STUDENTS IN NEED
"It takes a village to get all of these kids ready for school,” said Megan Korthals, the community relations coordinator for the City Light Home for Women and Children in Boise.
She’s staying busy helping about 100 students prepare for a new school year. The home needs school supplies for students in all grades.
"We usually run out of erasers,” added soon-to-be sixth grader Angell Martinez. She was able to check items off her back-to-school list thanks to donations and told us the program is a blessing.
"If it wasn't for city light I wouldn't have any school supplies or any backpacks or anything,” said Martinez.
Korthal said needs for students at City Light continue to grow.
"We've got an especially large number of older kids you know, 7-12 grade that we haven't really experienced before,” said Korthals.
SALVATION ARMY SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Leaders at the Salvation Army in Boise said they’ve seen the same trend.
"Junior high and high school have even more need, really,” said Development Manager Joye Jones.
That means donations of plain folders and backpacks that can be used by older students are much appreciated. She added that one item in particular can make a huge difference for older students: a scientific calculator.
"Those calculators can run $100 plus,” said Jones.
Jones told us no matter what the age of the student, the program can be a big confidence boost.
"I think it's important that they're able to go to school like every other kid in the valley prepared,” said Jones.
Leaders from both organizations hope to help as many students as possible, even after the school year has started.
HOW TO HELP
Check out some of these links to area school district back-to-school lists:
Once you’ve picked up items to donate, you can drop them off at the City Light Home for Women and Children located at 1404 W Jefferson Street or at the Salvation Army’s Family Services Office located at 4308 W State Street.