A back-to-school supply drive will kick off at The Ridge on Sunday, July 14th! Many students in Mon County and surrounding areas are in need of essential items for the upcoming school year. We want to make an impact for local students & schools, and we need your help! We’re asking you to bring backpacks filled with recommended items for students preK through high school from July 14th through July 28th. Drop-off bins will be available in the lobby. Lists of suggested items that you can donate are below.  You can drop off your donations on Sundays, or you can bring the items to the main church office Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm. The donations will be dispersed throughout the county to students in need. __________

The approach this year is based on the most pressing needs of local schools. Because other organizations and businesses are helping to provide school supplies, we want to provide backpacks with high-need items that are regularly given to kids throughout the school year. Children will not receive a filled backpack like last year. The items will supply the school’s Food Pantries, Clothing Closets, and Hygiene Supplies and children will receive these items as needed throughout the year. The empty backpacks will be given to children who do not have a backpack, or their backpack is in bad shape. The backpacks and supplies will be distributed from The Ridge directly to local schools in Mon and Preston counties. To give you an idea of the need in our own area, here are a few statistics:
 
Preston County | 45% of preK–12th grade students are below the poverty line. There are 118 (known) homeless students. 
Mon County | 35% of preK–12th grade students are below the poverty line. There are 300 (known) homeless students.

Because of the Beyond initiative, we are able to implement more community outreach programs such as Backpack To School. Our goal is to do as much as we can for others in and around The Ridge. Backpack To School is a step in that direction, and will help make a difference in the lives of local students. With support from Beyond, we are able to begin making an impact, and we’re excited for what we can all achieve together. If you’d like to contribute to the Beyond initiative, click here.

A back-to-school supply drive is happening now through July 31st! Many students in Mon County and surrounding areas are in need of essential items for the upcoming school year. We want to make an impact for local students & schools, and we need your help! We’re asking you to bring backpacks filled with recommended items for students preK through high school from July 11th through July 31st. Lists of suggested items that you can donate are below. You are not required to purchase all items on the list—this list is comprised of the items that are highly needed and accepted. You can drop off your donations when you attend Sunday services, or you can bring the items to the church any day. Drop-off bins will be available at entrances A & B. The donations will be dispersed throughout the county to students in need.

Other Ways to Donate
You can purchase items from the Amazon Wish List to ship directly to us, or you can donate financially! If you’d like to donate money, you can contribute any amount. For reference, each filled backpack would cost approximately $31.

What To Do

Purchase a backpack, and fill it with important recommended school supplies and hygiene items for students in elementary, middle school, or high school—any amount helps! Then, bring the backpack during the collection period (7/11 through 7/31) to The Ridge. Please do not include any toys, food, or personal notes.

Collection Dates

July 11th—July 31st

Location

Chestnut Ridge Church
2223 Cheat Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
Drop-off bins are available outside Entrance A.

Recommended Items

K-5th Grade Supply List
Backpack
Markers
Colored pencils
Crayons
Pack of loose leaf paper
Notebooks (3 subject or (3) 1 subject – wide ruled)
Pencil pouch
(6) #2 pencils
Eraser
Scissors
(2) Glue sticks
Pencil sharpener
Headphones (K-2nd Grade)
Earbuds (Grades 3-5)
Dry erase markers
Ziploc bags
6-12th Grade Supply List
Backpack
Markers – fine tip
Colored pencils
Compoition notebook
(5) Pocket folders – different colors
Pack of loose leaf paper
Notebooks (5 subject or (5) 1 subject – college or wide ruled)
Pencil pouch
(2) Pens
(2) Mechanical pencils
(2) Highlighters
Eraser
Pencil sharpener
Calculator
Dry erase markers
Earbuds
Ziploc bags
Food
To help nourish children on the weekends when they don’t have enough food to eat at home. Why these items? They don’t require a fridge, stove, microwave, or the assistance from an adult.
Granola Bars | chewy and crunchy
Fruit Cups | all varieties [Click Here for Examples]
Tuna/Cracker Kits & Chicken/Cracker Kits [Click Here for Examples]
Clothing
To help children when they have dirty or soiled clothes, they are given clean ones. Some children live in homes without a washer and dryer, some children are homeless, and some children simply aren’t cared for properly.
New Socks | boys and girls, all sizes, for PreK–12th grade
New Underwear |boys and girls, all sizes, PreK–12th grade
New T-shirts | Solid colors except white, no graphics, boys and girls, all sizes, PreK–12th grade
Hygiene
For a variety of reasons, whether economic or proper care, children do not have basic hygiene supplies at home so these items are made available to them at school. 
Body Wash (3-in-1)
Deodorant
Bars of Soap
Shampoo
Conditioner
Detergent pods
Tissues
Hairbrush
Toothbrush
Toothpaste

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