Getting school supplies at the beginning of each school year has been a major stress for Fishline families.
Lack of supplies causes students to struggle in class, disrupts class time for all students, negatively impacts student motivation, and is a significant embarrassment for many school children from low income families. One study from the Journal of Educational Research reports that nearly 50% of students lack adequate school supplies and directly links this lack to academic frustration and burnout.
In the past, most school supplies were provided free of charge by the schools. However, over the last several years districts have had major funding cutbacks and now require parents to purchase most of their children’s school supplies, even the most basic ones like pencils and paper.
Like Fishline’s Food for Thought program, our School Supplies program supports low income children (Kindergarten- 12th grade) in our community. Backpacks filled with school supplies are provided to the children of Fishline clients each year just before they return to school in the Fall. Fishline coordinates with local schools to assure that basic required supplies are provided for the children.
Each year, Fishline supplies 200-300 children with the backpacks. Fishline partners with community organizations and individuals in holding and encouraging school supply drives. The supplies are then packed by local youth in support of their classmates who need a little extra help. The children understand that people, both young and old, throughout our community care for them and support their education and well-being.
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