School Supply Lists:
It is that time once again when school-age children all over the south coast eagerly anticipate the beginning of the school year and all the excitement a new year entails. In the past our community has been very supportive when we have requested assistance in meeting the needs of our students. This year the need is no less urgent. In fact, despite economic growth in some areas of the state, many of our Coos Bay families continue to struggle to meet the daily needs of their children such as housing, food, medical care and clothing. This is not a joyful time for these families and their children, but one of worry and tough choices.
You can help make this fall better for a child and set the stage for a successful learning experience all throughout the school year by contributing to Coos Bay School District’s Operation Back Pack. This program was started several years ago in order to provide back packs, school supplies, shoes and hygiene products for our students in need. It helps remove barriers and allow for all children to start school ready to concentrate on learning.
Individuals, families, and organizations alike are asked to donate backpacks and school supplies (the lists are posted above and in area stores. Many children will also need hygiene products like toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, nail clippers, brushes and combs. Please choose these items with children’s safety in mind. Others will need sweatpants, underwear and socks for our younger students who may experience accidents during the school day.
The donated back packs and school supplies will be distributed at our schools where they are most needed. Our school nurses and secretaries will distribute the hygiene supplies and clothing throughout the school year as needed.
If you want to donate but do not want to shop, let us do it for you. Simply write a check to Coos Bay School District with Operation Back Pack in the memo as a donation to this program. Your generous donations are all tax deductible. Keep your receipts and provide us with your name and address and we will send you a letter for tax purposes.
Our current and ongoing economic situation affects the children and families of our area. With your continued support and contributions we can help make sure that every child starts school prepared and feeling positive about school. This is essential for a good educational experience.
Donated items can be delivered to Milner Crest Education Center at 1255 Hemlock Avenue in Coos Bay between 8:00 and 4:00. Please call 541-267-1310 if you have any questions.
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent