Thanks to the generosity of local residents, volunteers, workplaces and corporations, 689 students in Oxford County have been given a positive start to their school year by obtaining the supplies they need to learn.
“The number of registrants for Supplies4Students surpassed last year’s total registration. We are not surprised by this, but grateful. With organizations working together and our community providing one program, it’s an indicator that awareness has grown” says Jennifer Belleth, Supplies4Students Coordinator. Families of various circumstances were given the opportunity to shop for the supplies they need within a budget, by registering for this unique program. Students in grades JK-6 received a $35 shopping code and students in grades 7-12 received a $50 shopping code.
Of the 689 students registered, 389 students attend schools in Woodstock, 115 in Ingersoll, 123 in Tillsonburg and 51 in rural schools such as Thamesford, Norwich, Hickson and Innerkip.
“The generosity of our community has helped this program to succeed throughout Oxford. Donations from workplaces, corporations, special events and residents have all come forward. These donations were made through United Way Oxford, or given through Staples Woodstock and Staples Tillsonburg – a partner to this program. Donations for Supplies4Students can be made any time throughout the year by calling United Way Oxford,” say Belleth.
“Supplies4Students is one example of supporting kids to be all that they can be. Family circumstances can change quickly and if we can help a student start their school year with confidence, dignity and hope, I believe we have done a very good thing,” says Belleth.
For more information, please contact Supplies4Students coordinator, Jennifer Belleth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-539-3851