School supplies program in its 20th year
Support offered for families in New Waterford and area
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.