Donate to help Tools for School

FCSS in Ponoka is working hard to provide children with all the tools they’ll need to go back to school.

FCSS in Ponoka is working hard to provide children with all the tools they’ll need to go back to school.

Tools for School donation jars are in many businesses in the community as are collection boxes for school supplies. “We try to put boxes for supplies in businesses that actually sell school supplies,” said FCSS program co-ordinator Kimberly Saunders.

Saunders hopes with that convenience people will be more likely to buy and donate supplies while they’re shopping for their own children.

The program has collected supply lists for the different schools and teachers so they’ll know what’s needed. “It’s everything from backpacks, to binders, to water bottles,” said Saunders.

Last year FCSS had 39 supply requests. It’s too early to tell how many requests will be sent this year and if it’ll be high like last year

“It was certainly up from the previous year so it’ll be interesting to see if that’s consistent,” said Saunders.

The program runs until the end of September, said Saunders, that way the children will be back in school and if there’s any supplies they’re missing they’ll still be able to get it.

FCSS also provides extra supplies for the second semester, if it’s needed.

“Usually we’ve been able to supply all our requests through the donations,” said Saunders. “We’ll just get backpacks stuffed full of school supplies. People just want to go out and give something. Students really appreciate that.”

“We’re just really grateful for the generosity of the community,” said Saunders.

The Tools for School program makes sure the supplies go to benefit Ponoka students. The FCSS also buys their school supplies locally to benefit the businesses as well.

Donation jars are set up in Dairy Queen, Boston Pizza, Shoppers Drug Mart, the Neighborhood Place, Bruce’s True Value, the Raspberry Patch, Tangles Hair Design, Subway, Rexall, Extra Foods, Coffee-Hut, Juice Junkeez, and Central Office Supplies.

Just Posted

Ponoka Agricultural Society Bench Show winners, photos

The Ponoka Agricultural Society’s annual Bench Show was held at the Ponoka… Continue reading

The Ponoka Little League girls softball team win bronze

Ponoka defeated Calgary 17-2 in Canadian Little League playoffs

Ponoka Aquaplex will be closed from Aug. 25 to Sept. 30.

Many improvements planned for Ponoka pool

Ponoka County agrees to next step for Rimbey Agrim

Full time manager will help Rimbey Agrim Centre’s financial stability

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

Panel to review impacts of safe injection sites in Alberta

It will look at crime rates, social order and property values, and not harm reduction or housing

Five suspects arrested by Leduc RCMP with help of Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis

Leduc RCMP work with Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin RCMP to make arrests

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

PHOTOS: 5th Annual Alix rodeo bucks the competition

Cowboys and cowgirls risked it all at the Alix Rodeo

Wetaskiwin RCMP arrest two in Camrose after report of suspicious persons

Fugitives try to flee on ATVS, one allegedly steals police car

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Most Read