Originally Published: June 26, 2015 6:20 a.m.
PRESCOTT - On the first day of school, every student should step off the school bus, or jump out of their parents' car, sporting a brand new backpack filled with supplies they need to get a "fair start."
For some families, though, a new backpack and school supplies just don't fit in a necessities-only budget.
So the Coalition for Compassion and Justice, in collaboration with the Quad-City Interfaith Council, will again offer the "Fair Start' project, one where community volunteers each year provide low-income child in the surrounding district with a back-pack filled with age-appropriate school supplies.
In 2014, the project served, 1,208 children in the Quad-City region.
The coalition will be distributing the backpacks on July 25 at the Open Door offices located in the Prescott United Methodist Church at 505 West Gurley St. between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
In addition to the backpacks, the Prescott United Methodist Church is sponsoring "Shoes from the Shepherd' and will host the back-to-school celebration that will include games, crafts, refreshments and gift certificates for new school shoes for all the children.
Donors are needed to fulfill the school supply wish lists, and volunteers are needed to sign up to help fill and distribute the backpacks.
The coalition will have a packing day on July 23 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Esther Hall at the Prescott United Methodist Church. On July 24, volunteers will be needed to take shifts between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to finish filling the backpacks. Volunteers are welcome to donate anywhere from an hour to a full day.
Anyone wishing to help or find out more information about this project can contact the Open Door at 928-445-8382 or email Diane Iverson at diane.iverson@YavapaiCCJ.org.