As the school year is drawing to a close, the Carlisle 4 Kids planning committee is getting ready for another backpack and school supply distribution event. Carlisle 4 Kids is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th from 2-6pm at the Carlisle Expo Center on 100 K Street. The space is generously donated by Carlisle Events. Community partners involved in this initiative are expecting even more youth than last year and are again trying to collect one thousand backpacks as well as one thousand of the most needed school supplies.
Last year, Carlisle 4 Kids brought together non-profits, businesses, and various faith organizations with the same goal: make sure every child in the Carlisle area has the tools they need to succeed in school. For some families, buying brand new back to school outfits, backpacks, and color coordinated school supplies is exciting. For others, it is daunting. The Carlisle 4 Kids group was formed to help alleviate the stress families experience when there is no money left after food and rent, but they still need to shop for their children’s school supplies. When families enter the Carlisle 4 Kids event at the Expo Center, each child gets to pick their very own brand new backpack, and all the essential school supplies.
When asked why the Carlisle United Methodist Church has chosen to get involved with Carlisle 4 Kids, Pastor Mira Hewlett shared that it is because they are “a church that cares about our community and through Carlisle 4 Kids we are able to partner with many other churches and local organizations to really make a huge difference for kids–and their families–as they start school each year. This community effort brings together the best of Carlisle to help those in need in practical ways to encourage education from the youngest ages.” CUMC has committed to collecting three ring binders on top of running the registration for the event. Fellow committee member, Bob Mackley, the Carlisle Evangelical Free Church’s representative stated that their church is “involved with Carlisle 4 Kids because our church vision is “All Life For Christ”. Our missions outreach is to become involved in the community to make a difference in the kids and people of Carlisle.” Carlisle EFree has again pledged to cover the expense of all of the elementary school age backpacks, and Volvo Construction Equipment has stepped up to donate all of the middle school and high school backpacks for the event.
Other table champions include, Carlisle CARES donating pencils and erasers, the Carlisle Rotary Club providing loose leaf paper, St. Paul Lutheran Church championing pocket folders, the Meeting House collecting mechanical pencils, pens, and highlighters, and Hope Station contributing the drinks. Unilever will also be donating personal care items which families greatly appreciate. Other components of the event include immunizations provided by the Carlisle Area School District and UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle as well as backpack fittings conducted by Drayer Physical Therapy.
The success of last year’s collection efforts proved that Carlisle is a community that believes in the importance of children having what they need to focus on learning in school. From June 29th to July 23rd, you will see large cardboard boxes at your local bank, church, or doctor’s office with Fill the Bus and Carlisle 4 Kids signs on them. By bringing in school supplies to contribute to these boxes, you are helping the Carlisle 4 Kids cause.
If you would like to host a collection box, please reach out to Jessica Clark at the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County by calling 717-243-4805. If you would like to champion a school supply or volunteer the day of to distribute supplies, please reach out to Bob Weed at Project SHARE by calling 717-249-7773.