GRAEME BRUCE/BRANDON SUN
About a dozen United Way volunteers box up thousands of school items Friday as part of the Tools For School campaign. The notebooks, pencils, erasers, glue sticks and other items will be given out to more than 900 underprivileged kids throughout the Brandon School Division as the new school year begins Tuesday.
More than a dozen United Way volunteers were busy Friday morning packing more than 60 boxes with school supplies headed to every school in the Brandon School Division.
Thousands of items — pens, pencils, notebooks, glue sticks and others — were donated to the United Way’s Tools for Schools campaign throughout the summer.
The organization itself purchased nearly $11,000 worth of school supplies, which will be largely covered by fundraising events with local businesses.
According to Cynamon Mychasiw, CEO of Brandon and District United Way, the boxes of supplies will be used by more than 900 students throughout the division.
But the need continues to grow faster than the campaign can handle.
"Even with the supplies going into schools, there’s still going to be more need," she said. "We’re putting an incredible amount of time, effort and money into the program, but at the end of the day, it isn’t enough."
Before the first bell of the year rings next week, volunteers will deliver the boxes to schools.
"It’s expensive to send your own kids back to school and for these people that are stopping and buying extra supplies ... we appreciate it more than they could ever know," Mychasiw said. "For a child that might have otherwise gone in with issues with self-confidence ... we’re helping to remedy that and we can’t thank the community enough."
The items also included duo tangs, wax crayons, scissors, erasers, loose leaf paper, washable markers, rulers, binders and pencil boxes.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 29, 2014