Help sought with school backpack program
Would you like to see each student in the school district begin classes with all the supplies he or she needs to begin the school year?  Could you help St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics stock backpacks for each grade level?  Would you like to be responsible for a smile from a grateful student, parent or teacher?
SMHC is once again gathering school supplies to put in backpacks for needy students in the Cottonwood, Craigmont and Nezperce schools.  “Not all families can afford the cost of a backpack or school supplies, and our employees have annually supplied one or two stocked backpacks for each grade level,” said Sr. Corinne Forsman, Mission Integration Director.  “Because the need has increased with each passing year,  we are approaching members of the community to help with the project.”
According to Forsman, anyone interested can either purchase a backpack and or elementary school supplies and drop them off at the hospital reception desk  in Cottonwood or the Nezperce Medical Clinic prior to August 23.  
“We also have a basket in front of our SMH Chapel with tags for people to pick up that lists the needs of a particular grade level,” said .  Forsman. “Last year a number of parents with students dropped by and let their student pick out a tag and help with the school shopping.  We were also able to donate the surplus supplies we collected to the schools for needy students throughout the school year.”
Over 40 backpacks were stocked and distributed to the schools in Cottonwood Craigmont and Nezperce.  The recipients of the backpacks were selected by the school principal and kept strictly confidential.  If your child needs a backpack and supplies contact the school directly.

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