May 22, 2024

Community agencies to distribute backpacks Friday

Garden City, Kan (WesternKansasNews.Com) – Several community agencies will be distributing backpacks filled with school supplies on Friday, July 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 West Walnut Street.  The backpacks are for children who are in need of school supplies to help give them a start to a successful school year.  Families must provide proof of qualification for free or reduced meals or the SNAP Program to receive a backpack.

The distribution of the backpacks is from the Stuff the Bus campaign that was recently held on July 9th and 10th in the community. The campaign had school buses located in the parking lots of Dillon’s East, Dillon’s West, Target, Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and the Dollar General in Holcomb collecting donations of various school supplies needed for the school year. School supplies collected for the backpacks are 24-count crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pens (blue and black ink), highlighters, glue sticks, glue, spiral notebooks (wide and college ruled), loose-leaf paper (wide and college ruled), three-ring binders (1-inch and 2-inch), pocket folders (solid colored), large erasers, pencil cases, watercolor paints, scissors, and washable markers.  Monetary donations were also collected at the Finney County United Way to help assist with buying supplies and filling the backpacks.

The first day of school for the 2022-23 school year will be Wednesday, August 17th with a half-day orientation for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, seventh grade, ninth and tenth grades and all students new to Garden City Public Schools.  The first full day of school for the district will be Thursday, August 18, 2022.  All classes will be in session for the start of the 2022-23 school year.