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Fair Start program, CCJ collect $14,500 in school supply donations

Prescott Unified Family Resource Center Coordinator Kelly Mattox and Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) Executive Director Jessi Hans and Lincoln Elementary School attendance clerk  Kerrie Wright sort donated Fair Start school supplies at Lincoln Friday, July 27, 2018. CCJ donated enough supplies so every child at Lincoln as well as two other schools only had a minimal list to buy for back to school. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Prescott Unified Family Resource Center Coordinator Kelly Mattox and Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) Executive Director Jessi Hans and Lincoln Elementary School attendance clerk Kerrie Wright sort donated Fair Start school supplies at Lincoln Friday, July 27, 2018. CCJ donated enough supplies so every child at Lincoln as well as two other schools only had a minimal list to buy for back to school. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

In the first year of its revamped Fair Start program, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) collected $14,500 in donations that were able to supply all the classrooms in three schools — one in each of the three local districts — with student school supplies, said Executive Director Jessi Hans.

The three schools — Lincoln Elementary in Prescott Unified, Chino Valley High School in Chino Unified and Mountainview Elementary in Humboldt Unified — supplied the program with lists of what was needed, and all items from notebooks to pencils and Kleenex, were purchased. The only items that were unable to be afforded were $112 graphing calculators for Chino Valley High School students.

CCJ’s intention is to broaden this effort each year through collaborations with other agencies, churches, clubs and individuals so that eventually all classrooms in all three districts is equipped so that no student regardless of family income is required to buy these needed supplies.

“We hope that schools, teachers, parents and students feel that education is supported by CCJ and the communities that supported this effort,” Hans said.