Oh my gosh! Where has the summer gone? Louisville’s students will be returning to school on August 16. As you have seen on recent commercials, parents have a long list of supplies to buy to prepare their kids for school, which can be overwhelming when times are tough. As you know, Louisville is such a wonderful community with so many organizations that dedicate their time and resources to help students and their families. I thought I would do my part by spreading the word about the local help available to prepare for the big day.
A good starting point for preparing your children for the upcoming school year would be to visit the Jefferson County Back to School page. This will provide you with all the information you will need, such as a list of school supplies, health requirements, meal plans, and bus information. Now that you know the requirements of the 2011 school year, you might be overwhelmed with all you have to buy to have your kids ready for school. Here are some of the organizations that offer assistance.
- Neighborhood Place offers students educational workshops, school supply giveaways, and health screenings. They also have a financial workshop for parents. Neighborhood Place has several locations in Louisville, each with different dates for the distribution. Some may have passed, but if you call them, they might be able to refer you elsewhere for help. One site that has yet to hold their event is Thomas Jefferson Middle School, which will have a Back to School Celebration from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 pm on August 13.
- Shively Area Ministrieswill be distributing free school supplies at their Back to School Bash at Farnsley Middle Schoolfrom 9:00a.m. – 12:00 pm, also on August 13.
- Jeffersontown Ministries offers school supplies and uniforms at no cost families in need of help with their back to school expenses. This program is made possible through the generosity of individual donors, member congregations and local businesses. This organization offers a full range of services to help families survive this difficult economy.
- Volunteers from United Healthcare and the University of Louisville are offering backpacks to students whose parents get a referral from their children’s schools.
- As the Courier-Journal pointed out in an informative video, parents who miss these giveaways can often complete an elementary school list for about $21 buy careful shopping. Many stores offer free items if you buy certain advertized items.
If you want to help out kids who might not be able to get what they need, any of the organizations above would love to get your donations. There is a special need at The Schuhmann Center, where school supplies ready to give out were stolen recently. Please call 502-589-6696 if you can help or send donations to: 639 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY 40202
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