Though there’s some uncertainty as to exactly what the classroom environment will look like, the coming school year is just over six weeks away.
With the Province of Manitoba expected to reveal a detailed school re-opening plan in the days ahead, Brandon and District United Way has kicked off this year’s effort to ensure that kids in need in the region receive the educational supplies they require as they grow into Westman’s leaders of tomorrow in area classrooms when they return in September.
The United Way Tools for Schools program over the coming weeks is seeking donations of the following supplies from the community:
- 1” & 2” Binders
- Loose Leaf
- Hilroy Scribblers
- Primary Scribblers
- Cloth Pencil Cases
- Ballpoint Pens
- Crayola Markers
- Crayola Crayons
- Crayola Pencil Crayons
- Latex-Free Erasers
- Glue Sticks
- Graph Paper
The United Way says that the need for backpacks filled with supplies is as high as 8 in 10 students in some area schools.
Donations can be dropped off by August 23 at any of Christies Office Plus, Stream n’ Wood, Brandon’s Source for Sports, Murray Chevrolet GMC, the Brandon Sun, Precision Toyota, Pure 101/BOB FM, Towers Realty - Aspen Woods/Scotia Towers, Canex CFB Shilo or the Riverbank Discovery Centre.
Following the 23rd, supplies will be sorted and delivered by a team of United Way volunteers to area schools who will then ensure that they go to students that need them.
Folks can also contribute via the purchase of flavoured lemonade or queso burger at Applebee’s Grill & Bar, where $1 from each purchase will go toward the program. $1 from each $19.69 combo at Mary Browns is also being contributed with the Chilli Chutney also soliciting donations.
More on the Tools for Schools program can be learned at:
Manitoba schools had been closed from March 23-May 31 alongside the COVID-19 pandemic response, re-opening for limited use on June 1. Classes are planned to resume on September 8 with the Province to confirm a detailed re-opening plan on or before August 1.