With the midsummer heat and still-long days, it’s hard to believe that the new school year is just weeks away. Parents around the country are already scanning coupons and keeping their eyes open for Back to School sales, preparing to hit the stories in August.
Unfortunately, not all families have room in their budgets for school supplies. That’s why the staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® are hard at work on their annual 2015 School Supplies Drive. As it has throughout its nearly 27-year history, the grassroots, not-for-profit youth organization will distribute much-needed school supplies to community schoolchildren during the month to come.
“It always surprises people that we’re thinking about the new school year in July, but we have to start early,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “These last weeks of summer are critical for gathering donated supplies, purchasing additional items with contributed funds, and then hosting the actual distribution at our Cokata Wiconi teen center.”
This year’s School Supplies Drive distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12. Children and families who aren’t able to attend the distribution are welcome to visit Cokata Wiconi at a later date to choose their school supplies. In 2014, CRYP served 511 Cheyenne River children and 135 families at the scheduled August distribution and in the days and weeks to follow.