Community volunteers prepare for back to school

School is just out, but local youth advocates are already gearing up to help young people be ready to return to school this fall.

Organizers of the ninth annual Back to School Fair — scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. — are raising money to purchase school supplies and backpacks. backs that are distributed at the event for students and families in need.

Those interested in sponsoring or donating money can visit bgc-op.org and donate online (note BTSF in the “Donation Notes” section).

Castell Insurance, an annual sponsor of the event, is offering a matching contribution of up to $2,000.

In addition to backpacks and other supplies, students can obtain information from various groups. Vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccines will also be available.

This year’s event will once again be a place of passage. Pre-packaged, grade-appropriate parcels of school supplies will be distributed at the drive-thru at a pre-determined time for each school.

School families can cross without having to leave their car; masks are always encouraged.

The drive-through route begins at the High School Stadium parking lot on West Fir Street, and volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic.

Families at Helen Haller Elementary School can cross anytime between 10 a.m. and noon, while families at Greywolf Elementary School can cross anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Middle and high school families, as well as Olympic Peninsula Academy families and Dungeness Virtual School families, cross anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Individuals from several local organizations collaborate each year to plan, fundraise and host the Sequim event. Participating groups/companies include Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, Sequim Kiwanis, Sequim Community Helping Kids, Sequim School District, Walmart and United Way of Clallam County.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, participating in a school supply drive, volunteering at the event, or would like more information, contact Nan Burris at [email protected] or Patsene Dashiell at [email protected]

Collection bins, Fill the bus

The Kiwanis Club of Sequim-Dungeness will place collection bins at local businesses and churches, where the public can donate back-to-school supplies.

Contact Ted Lund at [email protected] or 360-477-4742, if your organization would like to host one of these bins from mid-July through mid-August.

The Kiwanis club will also collect school supplies at the annual Stuff the Bus event, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, August 6, at Office Depot, 1235 W. Washington St.

The Kiwanis Club of Sequim-Dungeness is a service club dedicated to the needs of children. The club meets at noon on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Big Elk Restaurant, 707 E. Washington St.

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