Originally Published: August 2, 2018 9:05 p.m.
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.