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The Every Women’s Centre, which represents; supports; and advocates for Cape Breton families has already registered hundreds of students who need the help of Thirders to be prepared for the upcoming school year.

Last week the Centre launched its Back to School Campaign, something it has been doing for more than 30 years. The campaign’s goal is to provide much needed support for parents and students “to ensure that no child goes to class without all of the tools they need to succeed in their studies,” states the letter sent to supporters and signed by the Centre’s staff. “A positive start to the school year makes all the difference in future outcomes for children in our community.”

The Centre acknowledges that the last few years have been challenging, but it believes in Thirders – and all Cape Bretoners. “We understand the stress of the pandemic, Fiona, the economic hardship that so many are facing,” outlines the letter. “Our hope, is that if we all come join together, we can ease some of the burden that families are dealing with.”

To help us help our students best, the Centre says some of the most needed include duo tangs, regular scissors, 1-inch binders, sharpeners, rulers, and mass amounts of loose-leaf paper.

And if your heart – and wallet – can accommodate, one of the best ways to help our school kids is to donate a large backpack. I mean large, the ones you see and wonder how the children aren’t falling backward. That kind. These backpacks are cost-prohibitive to many who support the Centre, yet the need for students remains high.

The Third reached out to the Centre this week to check on the campaign’s progress. “It’s going great,” says Wanda Earhart, a long-time Centre staff member. “The Back to School Campaign is near and dear to the hearts of people. We can always count on them because no one wants to see children go without.”

School supplies can be dropped off at the Every Women’s Centre at 21 Trinity Avenue in Sydney between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monetary donations are also accepted. The Centre is asking that donations be dropped off by the last week of August so that staff can organize the supplies and get them out to the students.

Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash

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