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Urgent: School Supplies Needed

8/5/14 under General News Schools & Youth Center Seasonal Programs

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School supplies

Please Provide School Supplies Today!

 

 

Believe it or not, the school year will begin soon and reservation children face incredible challenges just preparing for the start of school.

Notebooks, pens, pencils, other school supplies and hygiene items are expensive and reservation families must drive long distances to buy them. Few can afford the gas or the school supplies themselves.

In addition to needing school supplies, children on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Sioux Indian  Reservations in South Dakota are in desperate need of new clothes, shoes, socks, coats...etc.

"I will never forget the shame I felt as a little sixth grade boy having to wear my sister's blouse to school because we just didn't have one more piece of boys' clothing for me. Imagine the embarrassment a little guy would endure wearing a girl's shirt to the first day of school."  - Billy Mills

Please help make the 2014-15 school year a happy time, a time to learn and grow. Please provide children with the "tools" they need to help them with their lessons. 

"Not having basic school supplies, warm clothing, and hygiene items adds to the cycle of desperation and lack of self-esteem these children suffer each day."

Our goal is to be able to provide 4,000 school supply kits to elementary school students, 2,500 school supply kits to Jr. High students, and 3,000 winter coats to all ages of children living on reservations. Our dedicated local staff and volunteers will lovingly distribute backpacks filled with school supplies just before school starts. But in order to meet our goal, we need your help!

Remember, these school supply kits and winter coats are visual reminders each day to these special kids that someone cares. Please give today. 

Help Reservation Children Start the School Year off Right

 


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