School sup­plies pro­gram in its 20th year

Sup­port of­fered for fam­i­lies in New Water­ford and area

Cape Breton Post - - News Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Thanks to a lo­cal group, for the 20th year in a row needy fam­i­lies in New Water­ford and area won’t be send­ing their chil­dren to school emp­ty­handed.

The Ida Schwartz Back to School Sup­plies pro­gram is again be­ing or­ga­nized in the com­mu­nity. It is a pro­gram that col­lects school sup­plies to as­sist needy fam­i­lies with chil­dren in Grades Pri­mary-12.

“This is one of the most im­por­tant pro­grams I’ve ever worked on,” said An­gus Gil­lis, past pres­i­dent of the New Water­ford Kins­men Club.

“To see a child go­ing to school with­out any school sup­plies and to think how they’d feel. It’s a very im­por­tant pro­gram.”

The pro­gram was started in 1998 by the New Water­ford Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre.

Gil­lis said two women vol­un­teer­ing their time at the cen­tre came up with the idea.

“They were find­ing it hard to get school sup­plies and sug­gested start­ing a pro­gram so we did and it and it has con­tin­ued ever since.”

In Au­gust 2001, Martin Schwartz came for­ward with a $2,500 do­na­tion in mem­ory of his wife Ida and the pro­gram was re­named to the Ida Schwartz Back to School Sup­plies pro­gram.

The New Water­ford Kins­men took over the pro­gram three years ago.

Any­one wish­ing to reg­is­ter their chil­dren can do so Mon­day to Thurs­day, Aug. 7-17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive of­fice 477 Hee­lan St., the same build­ing which houses the Cape Breton YMCA Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre. Last year 110 fam­i­lies with more than 200 chil­dren reg­is­tered for the pro­gram.

Any­one wish­ing to help the pro­gram can drop off a do­na­tion of school sup­plies at the cen­tre dur­ing the same dates and times as listed above or call 902-561-6960 and the do­na­tion will be picked up.

Mone­tary do­na­tions are also ac­cepted.

“Mone­tary do­na­tions are great be­cause we use them at the end of the pro­gram to pick up what we need that wasn’t do­nated,” said Gil­lis.

Gil­lis

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