School program assists more than 700 children

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Bridges To Hope is again helping families get their children ready for the coming school year.

Derek Winsor, program director for the Bag To School Program, says the program has grown for the sixth straight year and now more than 707 children are registered.

Winsor said in a news release, Bridges To Hope is again partnering with 13 community and neighbourhood groups to distribute the bags and supplies.

"Over the past six years, this program continues to grow and help families get ready for school and ensure all students have the materials to begin the school year," Winsor said.

This year, the program is in need of the following items:

–  500, one-inch, three-ring binders;

— 7,000 duo tang folders;

— 600 erasers;

— 500, 12-inch rulers;

— 300 geometry set;

— 300, six-pack coloured markers;

— 300 four-pack exercise books;

— 500 glue sticks;

— 300 pencil cases;

— 300 pencil sharpeners.

Donations can be made this week to the Bridges To Hope office at 39 Cookstown Rd. The bags will be packed on the weekend for distribution to the families next week.

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  • A mom
    August 22, 2013 - 10:41

    I like many others also have kids going of to school in two weeks or so,like other moms I have to start buying school supplies in July or August so I don't be caught up in an all of sudden expense,I buy some good supplies and I buy some dollar store junk,most of these families get the best kind of baby bonus,much more then I get because I make a little more like $25.000 annually.Wow not much more then someone on social service.Drive along Cashin Ave see the Quads and bikes outside their homes,drive along Eric Street see the boats in the driveways,they don't need help if they got all that.me myself I would never support this program if my life depends on it.