Back to School Event took place in spite of storm and power outage

Monday, August 31, 2015

Backpacks full of school supplies for kids in need
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The big Shoreline Schools Back To School event, which distributes backpacks of school supplies and clothing to families in need, took place Saturday in spite of wind, weather, and a power outage.

Event organizer Tanya Lascalle, Family Support Program Director for the Center for Human Services, reports.

"We coped!  The power went out right as we were checking in the first appointments, but we managed, distributing backpacks, socks and underwear and hygiene products in the dark.

"The stylists from A Better Day Salon and Gene Juarez Academy even proceeded with haircuts using lanterns and cell phone flashlights!  It was incredible that they still managed to provide at least 100 haircuts.

"We were lucky that the rain held off, but the wind resulted in our canopy shelters being taken down or volunteers having the sole purpose of holding a leg of a canopy so it wouldn’t take flight! While some resource fair participants decided to leave early, many braved the elements and still connected with many families.

"The LFP Rotary provided nourishment throughout, grilling up hot dogs for participants.

"It was the most unique Back to School Event we have ever experienced, but our goals were still met. We don’t have final numbers yet, but it seems as though most families that had pre-registered to attend did make it to the event and received their supplies."

Approximately one in four students in Shoreline Schools are in need, although not all sign up for the event.

1,000 backpacks were handed out, along with 800 pair of shoes. 

During the school year, the Shoreline PTA Council maintains The Works, which continues to distribute clothing to school age children.


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