Students get outfitted to go back to school
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.
Judith Johnson and Lucas