DAYTON, OH (Aug. 13, 2022) –Hundreds of children in Montgomery County’s care now have the school supplies and backpacks they need for this school year, thanks to the Ohio State Coalition of Clubs (Ohio State COC). Club members rolled up to the Haines Children’s Center on their motorcycles today to deliver 200 stuffed backpacks.
For more than five years now, the Ohio State COC has worked with Montgomery County Children Services to get school supply lists from local schools and to identify the families most in need of assistance.
“This donation is critical to eliminating the stress and barriers that many of our youth face, allowing back-to-school time to be the exciting time it should be,” said Craig Rickett, Associate Director of Children Services.
The donation comes at a time when inflation is one of those sources of additional stress for the families Children Services serves. According to the National Retail Federation, families plan to spend $864 per child on school items, an increase of $168 since prior to the pandemic.
Several studies have shown that when children have the supplies they need for school, it can improve grades and classroom behavior.
“As children begin to race to educational success, we understand that having the foundational supplies for school are essential to winning this school year, but it’s not just about paper, pens or binders for the COC,” said Tom Gauden with the Ohio State COC.
“It’s about giving the gift of opportunity in school and life that many children may not receive otherwise.”
Children Services echoed that sentiment.
“These students are entering the classroom fully prepared not just with backpacks and school supplies, but with the confidence that comes from knowing there are hundreds of people concerned about their wellbeing and rooting for their success,” Rickett said.
The Ohio COC also supports the youth and families Children Services serves by donating more than $10,000 in toys around the holidays and by organizing egg hunts during the springtime. ###