A pile of backpacks lay on the floor inside a Sunday School room at the United Methodist Church in Woodward.
Plastic totes filled with markers and colored pencils sat on a nearby table. Boxes of notebooks and folders filled the floor. Boxes of tissues and colorful pencil boxes were stacked on a table across the room.
Those school supplies will be handed out for free to area kids in the Woodward-Granger school system on Aug. 13 and 14.
“It’s one of our missions here at the church to provide the school supplies,” volunteer committee member Terri Danilson said.
This is the sixth year for the school supply project. The first year, Danilson said, the church offered school supplies at a discounted rate. They soon realized that the need was there to help supply free school supplies to families who may struggle with back-to-school shopping.
“That’s why we do this. We want kids to be excited. We want them to have new supplies, just like everyone else,” Danilson said.
Last year, Danilson said the United Methodist Church served around 23 families and 52 kids. The church was able to purchase more supplies this year thanks to a $1,200 grant from the Myrna Reynoldson Mayfield Trust and an $800 grant through the Shopko Foundation.
“We were just so grateful because there were several of us who were donating hundreds of dollars to make it for all the kids we had,” Danilson said of the first two years of the school supply project.
She has applied for a grant through the Shopko Foundation for the past four years.
“It’s been so helpful. I don’t know what we would have done,” Danilson said.
This year, she applied for and received $800 through the foundation. She also applied for the first time to the Myrna Reynoldson Mayfield Trust and received $1,200.
The funds helped the five committee members purchase every item on every grade list for Woodward-Granger students from Pre-K to 12th grade.
Those students will have the chance to shop for their own free school supplies from 5-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 14. Kids and parents can go around the room and pick up the supplies.
Danilson encourages those interested in coming to the school supply event to register ahead of time so there are enough supplies. For more information, call Danilson at 438-2808 or the church office at 438-2007.