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Back to School Buddy Program helps kids gear up for school

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Notebooks, pencils and binders will fill empty backpacks as school supplies will be given out to kids who live in Wilmington’s public and Section Eight housing.

“I’m going to use the crayons for coloring, and I’m going to use the notebook paper for a lot of story writing and everything,” said Snipes Academy 4th grader, Jessica Thomas.

It is a big day for not only the students; everyone from the Wilmington police chief, to the sheriff, to the mayor attended the event. This is the ninth year of the Back to School Buddy Program, sponsored by Elks Lodge 532.

Each year, the supplies multiply, and math is just what it’s all for – well that, plus drawing, writing and learning. “These kids are not only the future of our community and our nation, and we want to give them every opportunity in the world to succeed,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

Along with donors from community, the Elks Lodge managed to collect about two thousand dollars worth of school supplies; stuff that can sometimes cost parents hundreds.

“When it stared nine years ago, I didn’t know how I was going to get book bags for both of my children and make sure that they had all of the supplies that they needed,” said Creekwood South president Veronica Murphy. “When we started this program it gave mothers that are young, like me, the opportunity to say well, I know that I’m going to get a book bag for each one of them.”

The hope is that, given the tools to succeed, these students will have a leg up – putting their best foot forward come the first day of school.

The free school supplies will be given out this Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Creekwood South Learning Center at 714 1/2 Emory Street in Wilmington.

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videoNew school supplies can be expensive for families. The Wilmington Elks Lodge and other community partners are working to make sure underprivileged children have all the tools needed to start the school year off right; at no cost to their parents.

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