Children in Need Receive Backpacks, School Supplies

Posted by on July 22, 2011

United Way, students team to gear up kids for the classroom


Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead students sponsored a campus school supply drive to help United Way of Cass-Clay provide backpacks and other supplies to Fargo-Moorhead children in need.

To succeed in school, students need the right tools. According to United Way, more than 4,000 children live in poverty and nearly 7,000 receive free and reduced lunch in Cass and Clay counties.

Students worked collaboratively with United Way and other community organizations to meet the needs of these children.

“From personal experience, it lowers a student’s self-esteem to have parents that are not able to afford school supplies,” said student Ariel Bruggeman. “I think by kids getting a free book bag of supplies, it boosts their confidence and allows them to focus more on school.”

Students solicited donations on campus from other students, faculty and staff. They then transported the large quantity of backpacks, paper, pencils and markers they had collected to the Fargodome. They joined other community members working in two-hour shifts for two days stuffing backpacks with supplies.

“Helping less-fortunate children through United Way of Cass-Clay was a very rewarding experience that made me more aware of the need to give school supplies to those who need it,” said student Draper Harlow.

Bruggeman added, “I learned that when a community comes together, any goal can be reached.”

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