This will be the 12th year for the Wyandotte County Back to School Fair. The goal of the fair is to provide students in Wyandotte County with basic school supplies to start the new school year.
This year the fair will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3. This year is the first year the event will be held in two locations. One location is at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., and the new venue is Sumner Academy, 1610 N. 8th. Since the inception, over 20,000 students have been served. Each student receives a backpack; pencil box with pencils, pens and eraser; notebooks, notebook paper and three-ring binder; glue, markers, crayons, scissors and a ruler.
The success of this project relies on contributions from the community. Donations of dollars to purchase items are needed as well as the contribution of your time. Volunteers are needed prior to the event to help sort supplies and to pack the backpack for the various grade levels. On the day of the event your help is needed with set-up, registration, distribution of the backpacks, library books, food, and help keep the site neat and tidy; and then of course help with general clean-up after the event. Over a hundred volunteers are needed on the day of the event. If you want to volunteer register online at https://community.unitedway-wyco.org//comm/SurveyNE.jsp?SurveyKeyHex=6627544D5338253528677E3E.
You can also contact Diane at the Volunteer Center, the United Way of Wyandotte County, 913-371-3674 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a wonderful opportunity for groups looking for a service project. If you would like to make a financial contribution, please contact Andrica at email@example.com at 913-288-7439.
For more information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact me at 913-371-3674 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out our website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.
Diane Hentges is the director of the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Wyandotte County.