As we once again find ourselves setting our alarm clocks and packing lunches, let’s not forget about those who may need our support in providing school supplies to their children.

Every year during the back-to-school season, the Caring and Sharing Exchange offers assistance to Ottawa families in need by working with the Ottawa School Board to ensure that backpacks are filled with grade-appropriate school supplies for children entering kindergarten to grade 8 through the Sharing in Student Success Program.

With 1 in 5 children in Ottawa living in poverty, this program provides much-needed tangible assistance to thousands of children every September.

Let’s make the first day of school special for every child!

Donations to the Sharing in Student Success Program are currently being accepted at the Alta Vista Public Library and online HERE.

Please note that the following items are most needed for this upcoming year:

  • New backpacks, child or youth-sized, with no corporate logos, offensive designs, or text
  • New pencil cases with no corporate logos, offensive designs, or text
  • Blunt scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Packages of colouring pencils
  • Calculators
  • Geometry sets
  • Pencil sharpeners

Lets make sure our neighbours get the support they need during this busy time of year.

Stop by the Alta Vista Public Library to donate school supplies.