After a full school year of virtual learning for some, back to school time was a celebratory event for everyone; however, many families are still feeling the financial impacts of COVID. Two Stroller Warrior chapters organized a summer outreach event collecting schools supplies in their respective areas to help families with back-to-school costs:
In July, Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor gathered school supplies for a local school off post with a goal of aiding at least 10 students. Beforehand, Kathylee Q. organized a school supply list of essential items needed for students for the first day of school. Three drop-off locations were set up, and items were collected for over a 2-week period. Members of Stroller Warriors Hawaii donated over $250 worth of school supplies!
In August, members from Stroller Warriors Virginia Beach arranged a collection for Chesapeake Preschool Initiative (CPI). Unlike many first, come first serve preschools- CPI uses an application based preschool program with a focus on a child’s need for preschool involvement using factors such as income, military service, and parent/guardian education for program enrollment. Workout leaders collected school supplies at weekly events and organized a porch drop-off with Andrea O. The chapter collected a large pile of goods ranging from backpacks to writing/coloring utensils to tissue.
Thank you, Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor and Virginia Beach, for your helpfulness and generosity which surely helped children on their back-to-school journey!