Supporting Our Scholars

Back to School. Usually this likely makes you think of picking out an outfit for your first day or packing your backpack with supplies. This year, depending on where you live, it looks more like checking Zoom to make sure you have the latest updates installed and a good desk area prepared. Just like everything else in 2020, back to school season is going to be different and probably a little difficult. CHRIS 180 is looking to help ease the difficulty of virtual learning by providing school supplies to students across Metro Atlanta.

CHRIS 180’s Vice President of School Based Mental Health, Brittney Walters, LCSW, echoes the difficulties that students are going to face. “Kids should be gearing up to return to school, meeting their new teachers, and hugging their friends after a long summer break.  Instead, they’re preparing to start a new school year virtually and we know that this reality is producing a lot of anxiety and worry across grade levels and for our parents, especially.” She also shares what a difference providing school supplies can make for students whose families don’t have the resources to provide what they need to succeed.  “So many of the families we serve are under-resourced and don’t have the ability to fully equip their children with the school supplies that will help them be successful academically.  Even though they’ll be doing virtual learning, they still need pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, calculators, and something to keep their supplies in etc. to stay organized.  Helping kids feel excited about getting organized for a new type of start to school is an incredible example of a small gesture that will have a large impact.”

Whether it is typical supplies like pencils and paper or 2020 supplies like headphones and face masks, CHRIS 180 wants to bridge the gap for students in need. Students shouldn’t have to worry about having the supplies they need. With your support, CHRIS 180 can make sure that students are fully focused on school by providing them with supplies they need to succeed.

We rely on donors to help fill needs during the back to school season. No matter how you are shopping for supplies this year, you can help our students. Staying home and socially distancing? Check out our Amazon wish-list while you shop for your own supplies. The items are delivered t to CHRIS 180 so you don’t even have to leave your house to shop! Heading out to the store to get your kids’ supplies? Put a few extra packs of pencils or binders in your cart and drop them off to us at the CHRIS 180 office.

We are hoping to provide school supplies for clients we serve as they are heading back to school, but we also have a need for them throughout the year. For more information on donating school supplies or other in-kind items, please email me at  Grace.Garde@CHRIS180.org.

P.S. Make sure to use AmazonSmile and select CHRIS 180 as your charity of choice. We’ll receive a donation from each purchase you make on Amazon when you use AmazonSmile when you shop!

Grace Garde
grace.garde@CHRIS180.org
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