Tools for Schools Wrap Up
Big Rapids, MI - 9/6/17
The Salvation Army of Big Rapids helped students in 11 schools, start their school year off right. This year, through The Salvation Army's 'Tools for Schools' program, more than 1,400 local students will have new backpacks and school supplies on their first day of school. The backpacks and supplies were handed out during each schools 'back-2-school' events and open houses. Each student was given a choice of which backpack they wanted. The backpacks were made available to any K-5 students at no cost.
Another key to the Tools for Schools program's success was it's corporate sponsors. Through partnerships with the Osceola County and Mecosta County Community Foundations, Staples, Big Rapids Radio Network, Wolverine World Wide, Big Rapids Products, United Way, and the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District; Organizers were able to increase the amount of backpacks provided by 500%. "We could not have done this without the support of our corporate sponsors, they really rallied behind the cause.", added Vallette.
With the school year in full swing, organizers are going over what changes could be made to improve the program in the future. "There are some changes we could make to increase the number of students we help." adds Vallette, "We are continuously evaluating our programs to make sure we help as many people as we can."
If you would like to support The Salvation Army's Tools for Schools program, or any of our other programs and services, please contact our office at 231-796-5597. Thank you!