Stu­dents get out­fit­ted to go back to school

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For Cyn­thia Wood, hand­ing a bag of school sup­plies to a needy child is like hand­ing that child a key to the fu­ture. She should know. For the past four years, Wood has spent count­less hours pack­ing such bags for stu­dents and or­ga­niz­ing dozens of her com­pany’s vol­un­teers for the an­nual Com­mu­nity Back to School Bash. The pro­gram pro­vides school sup­plies to chil­dren who are home­less, in foster care, or oth­er­wise in need. This year, the pro­gram helped pro­vide sup­plies to more than 8,500 stu­dents se­lected by area agen­cies. Many of th­ese chil­dren chose their own sup­plies dur­ing the 14th an­nual Back to School Bash held ear­lier this month at the Palm Beach County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. The bash was the cul­mi­na­tion of months filled with plan­ning for Wood, a data an­a­lyst for NCCI Hold­ings, Inc. in Boca Ra­ton. The Lake Worth res­i­dent served on the pro­gram’s grant writ­ing com­mit­tee and was NCCI’s vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor over­see­ing the col­lec­tion of school sup­plies, mon­e­tary do­na­tions and gift cards from her co-work­ers. “Hav­ing three kids of my own who are healthy, happy, and blessed, makes me want to give back to the com­mu­nity more than any­thing,” said Wood. “One small ges­ture can change a child’s life for the bet­ter, and it is ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing to be able to af­fect th­ese fam­i­lies in such a pos­i­tive way.” For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.back­toschool­bash.org.

Cyn­thia Wood

Ju­dith John­son and Lu­cas

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