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Excelsior Springs to hold resource fair for students

The happiest season of all

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Well, for some anyhow. Parents and students often have different views on what constitutes the most wonderful time of the year.

School starts for Excelsior Springs students on August 16. The waxy smell of new crayons combines with the cheers of parents. Kids will don stiff new shoes and head out with heavy backpacks full of supplies, leaving behind hot, lazy summer days in exchange for math, choir and sports practices. Mornings spent eating cereal in front of the TV turn to mornings spent packing lunches and looking for jackets as the bus pulls up. School time means routine, scheduling, planning and double checking our own schedules against that of our children.

 

Back to School Resource Fair

But before those hectic days begin, school essentials must be purchased, as well as new clothes and shoes for growing kids. Buying school supplies and outfitting kids with clothing can be a financial challenge for a lot of parents. The Excelsior Springs School District pairs with organizations throughout the community to host a Back to School Resource Fair. This year’s event will be August 6, from 4-6 p.m., at Excelsior Springs Middle School, 701 Crown Hill Road.

The event provides free school supplies, while supplies last. Clothes Closet will also be on-site to schedule appointments. The Good Samaritan Center, Meet the Need, Parents as Teachers and the Mid-Continent Public Library will also be on-hand during the event.

Kim Curtis, district social worker for Excelsior Springs, said this will be the second year for this event. Last year, approximately 200 students received assistance. The school prepared to help around the same number of students this year and could still use donations of what she referred to as “the basics” —pens, pencils, crayons, glue, composition notebooks, markers and erasers. To donate to the School Resource Fair, Curtis said to email her at kcurtis@ga.essd40.com, and she can arrange a pickup.

 

A giving community

Meet the Need set a goal of providing sneakers for students in need of new footwear ahead of the event. In addition, the organization collected underwear, socks and other clothing items for students. Parents can schedule appointments to receive the clothing assistance at the fair, said Kris Peoples, executive director of Meet the Need. Additional clothing help can be found at their thrift store.

The Good Samaritan Center will be on hand to provide extra school supplies from their own surplus. In addition, school-aged children can receive a voucher to purchase an outfit from Broadway Bargains. Martha Buckman, director, said she thinks the fair remains helpful to local families, and events like it remain helpful when the efforts are not duplicated throughout the community.

“We definitely feel good about being involved. Love a community that collaborates to make sure others are having their needs met,” said Buckman.

The Good Samaritan Center keeps school supplies on hand throughout the year, to help families who move into the district or may need help replacing items throughout the year.

The MCPL will give away promotional items geared towards students. The library helps students through providing the school district, principals and teachers with items that may have an impact on what their students are doing, said Stephen Chalmers, branch manager.

“They are the education experts, so we just try to assist them with whatever resources we have that they feel are relevant to their students,” Chalmers said.

Curtis said the community of Excelsior Springs amazes her, and the support for the Resource Fair exemplifies its giving nature.

“I have businesses and individuals contacting me, unsolicited, wanting to know how they can help. I don’t even have to ask, and supplies are coming in. Everyone in the community is so happy to help, and our kids and families benefit from that,” Curtis said.

By Samantha Kilgore • samantha@leaderpress.com

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One Response to Excelsior Springs to hold resource fair for students

  1. Martha Custer Reply

    August 3, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Tell us please, the supplies provided during the event, are the new or second hand? Thanks.

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