-2.8 C
Monday, February 17, 2020
Connecting Our Communities

It’s a busy pack-to-school time

Woolwich Community Services prepare 125 packs and school supplies for students in Woolwich and Wellesley townships


News Briefs

Woolwich nixes traffic islands Displeased with the troublesome pedestrian islands installed during the Region of Waterloo’s reconstruction of Church Street...

Forks up to farmers on well-timed Agriculture Day

February is not the most obvious time to celebrate agriculture in Canada. But that’s...

Doggedly determined to be of service

A Breslau woman’s bit to raise funds to train guide dogs got a boost with the donation of...

20-year-old agreement causes a stir

An Elmira environmentalist’s “smoking gun” appears to be shooting blanks. Al Marshall, a long-time critic of cleanup efforts at...


clear sky
-2.8 ° C
-1 °
-5 °
92 %
1 %
-1 °
6 °
-1 °
-6 °
-10 °

The countdown is on as the final days of summer approach those who are returning to school in September. During the month of August, Woolwich Community Services is busy with its annual backpack program to collect school-related items for children in need.

There are two streams, one in Woolwich Township and the other in Wellesley, that are encouraging communities to buy a new backpack, lunch bag, or donate cash that will help students succeed in school.

Getting kids ready to return to class can get expensive, but can also cause stress for families who don’t necessarily have the time to prepare, says Tina Reed, coordinator of community services at WCS.

“It links them to other programs that are available that they may not know about through our agency and alleviates a bit of stress for the families when it comes to school,” she said.

That’s why the initiative aims to assist families in the townships by providing backpacks and grade-appropriate supplies. Each year WCS sets a goal to fill at least 125 backpacks that are made available to low-income families with school-aged children from JK through to Grade 12.

WCS is preparing children for school in September with its annual Backpack Program. Backpacks already in place, Riley Same, 7, and Laylah Mahon, 6, are enjoying their summer before they return to school in just a few weeks. [Aneta Rebiszewski / The Observer]
“We never know how many [backpacks], it’s as per the need of the community – the community is growing so we usually get a few more each year,” said Reed.

Last year the backpack program was able to help nearly 121 students and 44 families in total. Woolwich Youth Centre helper and student Micah Alagos says it’s important that kids have the right tools to strive in their education.

“They give school supplies so that they can finish school and get a job.”

The Elmira-based campaign started off as a youth centre-driven program in 2003. Since then, it has gained success in the local community. The generosity of those living in the surrounding townships is what makes the program possible each year, notes Reed.

It’s more than just giving back, she said, but it helps the community grow together by creating opportunities for children to do their best at school with all the essential supplies they need.

The likes of water bottles, math sets, backpacks and lunch bags are what the WCS program most needs.

Donations can be dropped off at the Youth Centre at the Woolwich Memorial Centre Tuesday to Friday between 1 to 10 p.m. by August 19. A second drop-off location is offered at WCS office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

From August 28-30 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., students and youth can visit WCS to choose a backpack and fill it up with supplies of their choice from the mock-store created by the backpack program. This allows kids to be excited over funky erasers or flashy backpacks and choose what suits them best, said Reed.

Those in the Wellesley area will able to pick out a backpack and supplies on August 29 between 1 and 8 p.m. at 157 David St.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to The Observer's online community. Pseudonyms are not permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that The Observer has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner The Observer chooses. Please note that The Observer does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.


Doggedly determined to be of service

A Breslau woman’s bit to raise funds to train guide dogs got a boost with the donation of a limited-edition print by renowned artist Robert Bateman. The celebrated naturalist and his...

In Print. Online. In Pictures. In Depth.

You obviously love community journalism. Thanks for visiting today. If you have a great local story, let us know.

Family has a ghost of a chance at reconciliation

That “you can never go home again” may not be literally true, as witnessed not only by an estranged daughter’s return, but also an...

Woolwich hires contractor to assess condition of its buildings

Some of the municipal buildings aren’t particularly old, but Woolwich is already planning for the eventual repairs and replacement costs associated with equipment such as...

Kings one win away from clinching top spot in conference

The fruits of their penalty-filled labours the previous week proved bitter for the Elmira Sugar Kings, who dropped both games over the weekend.

Young basketball players among group fundraising for trip to Hungary, preparing to take part in the International Children’s Games

It will be the trip of a lifetime for Elmira’s Megan Hume and Conestogo’s Caela McLennan, who’ll be among 20 athletes from the region...

Jacks split opening pair in playoff series vs. New Hamburg

For the Wellesley Applejacks, 4-1 and 4-1 make it 1-1 in the opening round of the Provincial Junior Hockey League playoffs.
- Advertisement -