Do you remember the excitement of picking out a new backpack, crayons, and notebooks for the start of school? You could walk in the door the first day of school ready for a world of educational possibilities open to you.
The Lakewood School Supplies Initiative (a committee of the Lakewood Family Collaborative) has joined with Lakewood Community Service Center (LCSC), Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach (TLCO) and H20 to become Supplies 4 Success. Our combined group aims to support the families and students who find themselves unable to purchase the supplies needed for a successful school year.
Over half of the students in the Lakewood school system qualify for the free/reduced programs. If those families need assistance to provide food daily, one can imagine that purchasing binders, flash drives, calculators, locks etc. could be difficult.
Supplies 4 Success will continue the work of these individual groups as a combined force to create supply closets in each of our school buildings from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Already our guidance counselors see the impact on our students:
On behalf of Lakewood High School Guidance Counselors, I want to let you know how much we appreciate having the donated school supplies. We see firsthand how providing a notebook, folders, or even pens and pencils can make a difference for our students. Our teachers are now aware that we have supplies so they are helping us identify students in need. Teenagers often are embarrassed if they can’t afford supplies so this has really helped bridge that gap.
Jeanne Hoopes, LHS guidance office
We need your support to make sure each student has the tools they need for academic success – from crayons to graphing calculators! Last year donations allowed us to serve over 1,000 students from kindergarten to high school.
Supplies 4 Success will collect supplies until Thursday, August 13th, if your organization would be interested in collecting items over the summer, we can arrange for pick up or items can be dropped off at various locations throughout the city. A monetary donation can be made through The Lakewood Foundation (with S4S in the subject line), 12900 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 or by clicking below. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen at 221.2295, for questions or additional information.
Thank you for your support of Lakewood students.
Supplies 4 Success Committee
Karen M Lee,
Lakewood Area Collaborative
Lakewood Community Service Center
Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach
Lakewood City School District