Here is some more information on this event and the initiative:
Did you know, school supplies for some Lakewood families are considered a luxury?
This message is coming to you on behalf of the Lakewood School Supplies Initiative (a committee of The Lakewood Family Collaborative).
This new group was created when a gap was discovered in providing school supplies to those students most in need. There are currently other organizations doing a fantastic job generously supporting Lakewood K – 5 students with school supplies. However, there is only so much they can do based on the incoming requests. Our Middle Schools and High Schools have plenty of students who will fall behind in academics due to lack of school supplies.
We firmly believe all students should have the opportunity to learn regardless of need. It has been proven that a student starting their school year off with all of the tools they need will have a better chance at a successful academic year. It is too easy for these students to fall in-between the cracks and drop off the academic track.
Over the past months, we have been working with the guidance counselors from Garfield Middle School, Harding Middle School and Lakewood High School as well as the Lakewood Department of Student Services. With all of their valuable input, the below items were determined to be most in need for those students:
Loose Leaf Paper
1” and 1 ½” Binders
The Department of Student Services has agreed to assist us in the delivery of these items to our neediest students before the start of the school year.
How you can help:
· Consider purchasing one of the items listed and dropping them off at one of our collections sites by Monday, August 8th:
o Lakewood YMCA
o Lakewood Recreation Department (1470 Warren Rd)
o PNC Bank (across from Giant Eagle)
· Post the attached flyer at a Lakewood business, favorite coffee joint, etc. Anywhere you think visibility to this cause would assist.
· Please join us at Jammy Buggars on Tuesday, July 19th , for dinner. 15% of your meal will go to the committee for the purpose of purchasing supplies when you mention “school supplies fundraiser”
· Forward this information to other interested Lakewood families or membership groups
By each of us doing a little, we can make a significant difference in a Lakewood student’s academic life.
Thank you for your consideration,
Karen M Lee
The Lakewood School Supplies Initiative consists of:
Lakewood City School District
Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach
Lakewood Division of Youth
Lakewood Family YMCA
Lakewood Council of PTAs
Additional Support from:
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Lakewood Women’s Club
Cross Point Church
Lakewood United Methodist Church
Trinity Lutheran Church