Lunenburg PTO School Supply Drive to help students throughout the system
By Samantha Bridgman
The Lunenburg Parent Teacher Organization is holding a school supply drive now through the end of September to make sure students have the tools they need to succeed all year long.
The Lunenburg Public School System is no stranger to supply shortages. In the past, a long school year meant scarce supplies by the end of the year. Last year alone, some classrooms at TC Passios Elementary School actually ran out of supplies as vital as pencils and notebook paper. PTO president Heather Sroka is hoping to prevent this in the coming school year by stocking up early.
Sroka herself has three children of her own in the school system and knows what a strain school supply shopping can be on a family’s budget.
“I haven’t even finished two of the three lists [for my children] and I’m up to $180,” said Sroka who shops sales and looks for generic brands when possible.
Supply lists are sent home to students and their parents from teachers or teacher teams that each student is requested to bring to school. This year, some of the items on Sroka’s lists include tissues, dry erase markers, pencils, highlighters, composition notebooks and Ziplock sandwich bags.
Sroka says the PTO is most concerned for families with multiple children, single parents homes, low income families, and those struggling with unemployment.
“[Students] can’t learn without the right tools,” said Sroka.
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