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Back to School

Submitted by ckdcaudill on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 08:55

Summer is flying by, and soon children everywhere will be going back to school. That means it’s time for new clothes, backpacks, crayons, paper and pencils. It can be tough for families to afford these items when they are already struggling to make ends meet. That’s why CAP’s Family Advocacy School Readiness Program hosts an event every July to give out school supplies to children in need.

Children in grades K–12 come and get a backpack filled with school supplies appropriate for their particular grade. They also receive vouchers of $20 to local stores so they can shop for other school supplies that are often required for class. Volunteers also distribute clothing and hygiene items that have been donated to Operation Sharing, our gifts-in-kind program.

Giving children the chance for the best education possible is the first step in breaking the cycle of poverty. School supplies for children in need may seem like a small gesture of kindness, but it can make a huge difference in the future of a child.Our School Readiness Program is always accepting donations. Some of the items they can use are:

• Backpacks (many schools require clear or mesh for safety purposes)
• Pencils/pens
• Crayons/markers/colored pencils
• Scissors
• Glue sticks
• Loose leaf paper/compositions books/notebooks
• Three-ring binders/folders
• Rulers
• Calculators

If you would like to donate any of these items, they can be sent to School Readiness Program, 3125 Richmond Street, Mount Vernon, KY 40456.


Do you need some additional backpacks for folks who missed the drive and contact you now? If so, about how many do you think you would need?

Thank you! We are always accepting donations for the school readiness program. You can send any donation to: 2610 Palumbo Drive Lexington, KY 40509

i was just wondering how you would go about getting help for school? are they doing anything in the paintsville ky area? thank you

Someone from CAP will send you an email with more information. God Bless!

Hello, the school readiness program wrapped up in July.

I hope this isn't a stupid question, but do the items have to be new? I know they should be in good condition, or like new maybe? Also, is there a chance to volunteer just for this one event in July? I can't do the 3 week minimum but would be interested in special events.

That is not a stupid question at all! We do take items that are gently used, but do prefer new. we'll be handing out supplies on July 29-31. We will send you further information about volunteering in an email. Thank you!

I was just wondering if you all were still doing the back to school give away.I have 2 kids that need the supplies that your offering. I just know found out about it, hope I'm not to late please contact me if the Cap office is still doing this, I would appreciate so much.

Thanks for writing in. Someone will be contacting you soon about the school readiness program.

I am a grandmother helping rear a 9y/o grandson. He needs the assistance of a Math Tutor--will be in 4th grade, special education August 2013. Please advise me if you have a former math teacher or other teacher who could help him. We live in Salyersville, KY.

Thank you for writing in. Unfortunately we do not provide tutoring services in your area that can meet your needs.

Are you still helping people with the backpack program?

8/18/13 Hello! The school readiness program sounds like it's a great cause for these children. I would like to know, if I can still send a shipment of school supplies to the program? Thank you in advance. Charlsie B.