Opportunity to help

Thursday, August 6, 2009

With the start of the 2009-10 school year just two weeks away, parents and students are beginning to make back-to-school shopping lists. A tight economy and a growing unemployment rate may mean there are those who will have a hard time finding funds to buy these necessary supplies this fall.

According to statistics provided by the Cassville R-IV School District, over 60 percent of students in kindergarten through fifth grade qualify for free or reduced lunches, which represents a large percentage of the student population. These same students and their families may also have trouble purchasing the supplies they need to start the new school year off right.

In an effort to assist these struggling families, the Cassville FBLA Chapter is sponsoring a "Fill a Truck" with school supplies drive on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury in Cassville. The goal of the project is to collect at least 50 backpacks and fill the bed of a pickup with school supplies, such as pencils, pens, notebooks and paper. The club will also be accepting cash donations on that day, which will be used to purchase school supplies.

The Cassville FBLA continues to be a community service leader among student organizations at Cassville High School, and we are asking the community to come out and support the students in their latest endeavor. When you are out shopping this week, make sure you purchase a few extra items and drop them off at the "Fill a Truck" drive this Saturday. If you don't know what to buy, take a look at the school supply lists we've published on pages 10, 11 and 12 of this week's Cassville Democrat.

Cassville has always been known for its generosity. It is our hope that area residents will respond to this latest call for assistance and help make sure every student has the opportunity to start the new school year with all the supplies they need.

Lisa Schlichtman