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Club Chronicles: Various organizations meet school supply needs

School will be starting in just a few days!

A good education is the foundation of a child’s life. It is what drives them to grow with wisdom and intelligence, but it requires the right tools.

School supplies are very important; however, they are costly, and for some parents and caregivers, buying new materials every year is something they cannot afford.

In addition to basic school supplies, backpacks and lunchboxes, many children need new clothes and shoes to replace those they have outgrown. All these items are important to children because they can make them feel ready and motivated to attend school regularly minimizing absenteeism and enhancing encouragement.

Free back-to-school supplies are available for children from low- to moderate-income families, single parents, single mothers and caregivers. Households in need can get assistance from the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club of America, the United Way, national retailers, churches and charities as well as other non-profit organizations. Some of the items are provided in partnership with retailers, such as Target or Wal-Mart.

Many of our local churches collect various school supplies and monetary donations from their members to meet the needs of school children.

Some of the GFWC Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs work with their local schools to establish “closets” within the schools where clothing, shoes, backpacks, outerwear, socks, school supplies and more are organized and stored for distribution to children in need throughout the year. The Book Lovers Study Club members have collected, purchased and donated to the local schools.

The Franklin County Education Retirees Association members donate personal hygiene items at every meeting throughout the year to be given as needed to students at Russellville City Schools and Franklin County Schools.

Remember, the children of today are our future. The least we can do for our future leaders is to set them up for success, starting with ensuring a quality education and providing their basic needs.

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