On Wednesday, August 20, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted its annual School Supplies Drive distribution in the Cokata Wiconi teen center’ gymnasium. Now, just days later, the 25-year-old, not-for-profit youth project has already provided 135 families and 511 children — from Headstart through high school — with the school supplies they need to start the new school year off right.
Supplies included backpacks, protractors, compasses, calculators, mechanical pencils, writing tablets, fat pencils, fat crayons, folders, pencil cases, notebook paper, kid-friendly scissors, erasers, glue sticks, pencils, pens and rulers. This annual distribution is part of CRYP’s Family Services program, which was founded in 2002 to manage the organization’s influx of in-kind donations throughout the year.
“Students and families who attended the distribution event last Wednesday were able to choose which supplies they wanted,” said Pamela Stolz, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who works full time at CRYP and helped coordinate the event. “Anyone coming in after that day was able to take home a pre-filled backpack loaded with supplies.”