Community School Supply Project
The beginning of school can be a stressful time for many families due to all of the expenses associated with getting a family ready for school. Enrollment fees, physicals, dental visits, and clothes that fit all take a toll on the family budget. In an effort to help with some of the financial strain, this year Kiowa County Elementary partnered with the Greensburg Police Department to create a program allowing community members to help with school supplies by adopting a student.
To get started, information was mailed out with enrollment packets giving parents the opportunity to reply if they needed help buying school supplies. All information was confidential. Each family's needs were placed on a construction paper apple and hung on an ornamental tree at City Hall. Community members could then stop by and pick up an apple that included the student's gender and favorite color. Also attached was a school supply list. Once the supply list was filled, the goodies were dropped off at City Hall by a specified date. The Police Department also checked and added items to backpacks if needed. The filled backpacks were delivered to school the day before students arrived and placed on the students' desks.
Our community was so excited about the project that the apples went way too fast. Community members that were not able to pick up an apple still showered our school with extra notebook paper, pencils, glue sticks, markers, and a couple of backpacks. The extra will come in handy as supplies run low or a new student arrives that needs assistance. The Apple Tree Project was well received and a great way to involve community in a meaningful cause.