A sharp pencil, a fresh notebook and new class– the excitement that a new school year brings! And this year the added uncertainty of when and if students will be back in the classroom.
This year St. James’ will be supporting Abode Services along with Union City Family Center to help supply individual children with school supplies to start the school year. In addition we will be exploring ways we can respond to the new needs of teachers and students as school districts make decisions about online or in-school lessons.
We have three options as to how you can support our school supplies drive this year:
- Make a cash or check donation to St. James’ labelled ‘school supplies. Drop your donation into the office or mail it to PO Box 457, Fremont, CA94537 by August 24 2020.
- Shop our Target registry which you can find at tgt.gifts/saintjschoolsupplies. You can arrange to pick up your order curbside or have it delivered to us directly (shipping is free if you spend $35).
- If you want to order or shop for your own supplies we will have a drop off day at St. James’ in August, look out for details.
Jean Morgan from Abode Services says they have a regular shortfall of glue sticks, spiral notebooks, blue and black ink pens, hand sanitizer and small packets of Kleenex.
Lourdes Villegas from Union City Family Center has said their greatest need is for high school supplies including calculators, mechanical pencils, dividers, folders and deodorant.
For a printable shopping list highlighting the needs of these two organizations click here.
Jean Morgan of Abode Services tells us “We hear so much about the crucial role education plays in social mobility – and yet for so many homeless children and young people the stress and instability of their lives raise huge obstacles to successful learning. That’s why a big part of efforts to end homelessness consists of intervention and support for homeless and formerly homeless children, to ensure that they have what they need – from crayons, pencils, notebooks and new backpack, a bus pass or BART pass to get the most out of their education.“
For more information please email our Children and Youth Minister, Jan Scrutton at firstname.lastname@example.org