United Way helps kids get back to school

From staff and wire reports
August 08, 2014 at 9:47 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

A United Way volunteer hands a backpack full of supplies to a student.
A United Way volunteer hands a backpack full of supplies to a student.
To help St. Charles Parish families with the expense of getting children back to school, United Way of St. Charles partnered with Covenant Church and Blessed to be a Blessing to host a Back-To-School event providing free backpacks, school supplies and hygiene kits to local children on Aug. 2.

Kacy Kernan, UWSC director of community impact, said it is important to help those in community who are struggling.

“United Way of St. Charles recognizes that during tough economic times, it often becomes difficult for struggling families to meet even their most basic needs. By providing school supplies to those families, we feel like we are saving them a substantial expense and allowing them to be able to put those funds, normally allocated to school supplies, toward the basic necessities of life,” she said.

Free backpacks, school supplies and hygiene kits were distributed to the first 650 participants who were required to have a parent or guardian present to receive the supplies. In addition to the supplies, those who attended the event received free food, health screenings, giveaways, information and resources. Door prizes were also be awarded, including a laptop computer for a school-age child.

The back-to-school event was held at the Covenant Church Youth Center in Destrehan.

Those who missed the event and may need assistance in getting their child back to school may call United Way of St. Charles at (985) 331-9063.




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