Help children with school supplies


By Mary O.Esparza - mesparza@civitasmedia.com



Drop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services.


Mary O. Esparza | The Altus Times

Drop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services.


Mary O. Esparza | The Altus Times

Drop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services.


Mary O. Esparza | The Altus Times

Supplies needed for Altus Early Childhood Center

Pre-kindergarten

A backpack (no rollers), four Elmer’s glue sticks, a 4-oz. bottle of Elmer’s school glue, two regular pencils, two 24-count Crayola crayons (jumbo), two poly folders with prongs, two boxes of Kleenex, a roll of paper towels, a large container of baby wipes, three regular size containers of Clorox wipes, one package of coffee filters, a 16-oz. or larger hand sanitizer, a package of play dough, BOYS: gallon-size Ziploc bags, GIRLS: quart size Ziploc bags.

Kindergarten

Two wide-ruled composition notebooks, a box of Nr. 2 pencils (plain, not decorated), two boxes of tissues, four boxes of 24-count Crayola crayons, two bottles of Elmer’s glue, a box of Crayola markers (thick), BOYS: a box of quart-size Ziploc bags, GIRLS: a box of gallon-size Ziploc bags, two large Clorox wipes, a package of four EXPO markers, and (optional) play dough.

Altus Primary School (1st and 2nd grade)

1st grade

A small supply box, two boxes of Crayola crayons (24 count), a pair of scissors-sharp (Fiskar), two packages Nr. 2 pencils (no wrapped), a 12-inch ruler, pencil-top erasers, three boxes of Kleenex, a Elmer’s school glue (white), a pack of large washable Crayola markers, a pack of plastic pocket folders, two packs of Clorox wipes, a backpack (no rollers), ear buds, GIRLS: a large hand sanitizer, BOYS: a box of sandwich baggies.

2nd grade

Two packs of Nr. 2 pencils (black or yellow), three boxes Kleenex or wet ones, three glue sticks, a small supply box (no locks), two folders with brads, a pack of wide-ruled notebook paper, two packs of pencil-top erasers, a package of red pens, two boxes of crayons (24 count), two highlighters, scissors (Fiskar), two spiral notebooks, a box of Ziploc baggies, ear buds, backpack (no rollers), GIRLS: Clorox wipes, BOYS: hand sanitizer.

Operation Care or OP and Southwest Youth Services or SWYS have teamed up to host a “Back to School Bash” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 at the Altus Community Center at 401 Falcon Road. The mission is to lessen the financial burden on families at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

By attending the free event, families can receive free food, free school supplies, free haircuts, obtain health screenings, learn of local resources and information and register to win giveaways.

Both nonprofit organizations witness families financially stressed the weeks prior to the first day of classes.

“Parents, single parents and grandparents struggle to purchase new clothing, shoes and a long list of school supplies, so our goal is to help with the struggle,” said Angela Ybarra, executive director of Operation Care. “Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive school supplies and also a free haircut and health screening.”

Monetary and in-kind donations are helping fund the first-ever event. Local financial institutions have become involved by challenging each other to gather the largest amount of school supplies. The winner will receive the glory and the winning title of “The Battle of the Banks,”

Members of OP and SWYS hope other businesses, nonprofits, churches, restaurants and individuals become involved by volunteering, donating supplies or with an in-kind or monetary donation.

Another convenient way to help is by leaving school supplies at a drop-off box location in Altus, such at the Altus Times office at 218 West Commerce Street.

To volunteer or for more information, call Ybarra at 580-318-2490 or Amanda Bernasconi with SWYS at 580-482-2809.

Drop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_presentation-RGB.jpgDrop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services. Mary O. Esparza | The Altus Times

Drop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_presentation-BW.jpgDrop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services. Mary O. Esparza | The Altus Times

Drop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_presentation-CMYK.jpgDrop-off box for back-to-school supplies at The Altus Times newspaper office at 218 West Commerce St. From left are Altus Times sales representative Jarod Lene, Angela Ybarra of Operation Care and Amanda Bernasconi of Southwest Youth Services. Mary O. Esparza | The Altus Times

By Mary O.Esparza

mesparza@civitasmedia.com

Supplies needed for Altus Early Childhood Center

Pre-kindergarten

A backpack (no rollers), four Elmer’s glue sticks, a 4-oz. bottle of Elmer’s school glue, two regular pencils, two 24-count Crayola crayons (jumbo), two poly folders with prongs, two boxes of Kleenex, a roll of paper towels, a large container of baby wipes, three regular size containers of Clorox wipes, one package of coffee filters, a 16-oz. or larger hand sanitizer, a package of play dough, BOYS: gallon-size Ziploc bags, GIRLS: quart size Ziploc bags.

Kindergarten

Two wide-ruled composition notebooks, a box of Nr. 2 pencils (plain, not decorated), two boxes of tissues, four boxes of 24-count Crayola crayons, two bottles of Elmer’s glue, a box of Crayola markers (thick), BOYS: a box of quart-size Ziploc bags, GIRLS: a box of gallon-size Ziploc bags, two large Clorox wipes, a package of four EXPO markers, and (optional) play dough.

Altus Primary School (1st and 2nd grade)

1st grade

A small supply box, two boxes of Crayola crayons (24 count), a pair of scissors-sharp (Fiskar), two packages Nr. 2 pencils (no wrapped), a 12-inch ruler, pencil-top erasers, three boxes of Kleenex, a Elmer’s school glue (white), a pack of large washable Crayola markers, a pack of plastic pocket folders, two packs of Clorox wipes, a backpack (no rollers), ear buds, GIRLS: a large hand sanitizer, BOYS: a box of sandwich baggies.

2nd grade

Two packs of Nr. 2 pencils (black or yellow), three boxes Kleenex or wet ones, three glue sticks, a small supply box (no locks), two folders with brads, a pack of wide-ruled notebook paper, two packs of pencil-top erasers, a package of red pens, two boxes of crayons (24 count), two highlighters, scissors (Fiskar), two spiral notebooks, a box of Ziploc baggies, ear buds, backpack (no rollers), GIRLS: Clorox wipes, BOYS: hand sanitizer.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext 2077.

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