The Outreach Centre, in partnership with the United Way, is collecting donations for the Tools for Schools program.
This program provides free backpacks and school supplies to students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, whose families have limited resources.
“We have already had many requests for assistance. With families getting prepared for the return to school, we expect to see an increase in demand over the next few weeks,” said Ian Wheeliker, executive director for The Outreach Centre.
“This is a community and donation driven program, so we rely on the donations we receive to ensure that as many students as possible have the tools they need to start the school year off on the right foot.”
In 2021, more than 900 students across Central Alberta were supplied with backpacks and school supplies thanks to donations. Staff at The Outreach Centre predict that 1,000-plus students will need assistance from Tools for School for the upcoming school year.
Donations of backpacks and school supplies can be dropped off at The Outreach Centre or the United Way. To read more about the program, view the list of needed school supplies, or to make a monetary donation online, visit www.theoutreachcentre.org.