One of the capacity building initiatives of the United Way is the annual Tools for School program. In partnership with the local Staples store, this program is intended to help families experiencing financial hardship get their children equipped for school.
“When you are struggling to pay the bills and keep food on the table, the extra responsibility of paying for school supplies can be very challenging,” said Cecilia Mutch, Executive Director, The United Way of Fort McMurray. “The Tools for School program, through our long-standing partnership with Staples, helps to ensure that every child has the learning tools they need to get their school year off to a great start.”
It is anticipated that this year’s program will help over 600 students across four different school districts: Fort McMurray Public, Fort McMurray Catholic, Northland, and Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord. Distribution of supplies will be managed by each school district, with supplies given to students of families experiencing financial difficulties.
While the program is funded by United Way, a point-of-sale Tools for School drive takes place at Staples to help enhance the impact. Every dollar that gets donated goes toward purchasing additional school supplies, further helping families.
“This program has been very near and dear to our hearts for many years,” said Cindy Tulk, General Manager of the Fort McMurray Staples. “Our hope is to see every student excited about tackling the school year ahead and fewer parents worried about not being able to provide the supplies needed for their child. Together, we can make a difference.”
Donations toward the Tools for School program can be made in store at Staples, located at 8544 Manning Avenue.
“The generosity in this community never ceases to amaze me,” said Tulk. “I am certain this year’s campaign will be a success once again.”
As an additional incentive to give, those who donate $10 or more will receive a coupon from Boston Pizza for a free appetizer.