Moorhead school social worker helps kick off United Way’s 21st annual school supply drive
July 22, 2019
As a volunteer, Nadine Moon has helped with all aspects of the school supply drive, from packing the backpacks to distribution. As a school social worker for Moorhead Area Public Schools, Moon picks up extra backpacks and distributes them to the Moorhead schools to have as families move into the district.
With the Ferris wheel behind her, Moon helped the United Way of Cass-Clay kick off this year’s 21st annual school supply drive July 9 at Scheels on 45th Street in Fargo. Last year’s drive provided 6,097 backpacks and supplies to area K-12 students.
“I think I love everything about this program,” Moon said. “It’s such an amazing program.”
The United Way of Cass Clay School Supply Drive runs from July 9-Aug. 1. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed Aug. 10 and 13.
Moon said it empowers families facing financial stress to give them the opportunity to pick out a backpack at the distribution, and the backpacks made available at the schools help meet the needs for new families.
“Because the United Way is so thoughtful in distributing those backpacks to us, we have those supplies we need when new families come into our community,” Moon said. “When we have a new student coming into a classroom, that’s one less thing the teacher has to think about. ”
Often Moon is able to have the students pick their own backpacks from the variety available at each school.
“I feel really blessed to be part of this great community outreach,” Moon said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to show families we care about them.”
This year, United Way needs the community to step forward and help them equip 6,000 local students with backpacks full of school supplies. United Way is encouraging community members to consider donating $20 to help one child be prepared for school. United Way can leverage each $20 donation to help provide a backpack and supplies for one student. Financial donations are being accepted at http://bit.ly/SSDUWCCGiveOnline2019.
Supplies needed are:
• New backpacks (no wheels)
• Pencil pouches
• Crayons (24 count)
• Glue sticks
• Bottles of glue
• Wide markers (10 count)
• Narrow markers (10 count)
• Colored pencils (12 count)
• Pointed scissors
• Blue and black pens
• Red pens
• 2-pocket folders
• 1” 3-ring binders
• Spiral notebooks (college ruled & wide ruled)
• Composition notebooks (college ruled & wide ruled)
• Loose leaf paper (college ruled & wide ruled)
Drop off donations at any of these locations:
• West Acres
• All FM Gate City Bank Locations
• All FM First International Bank & Trust locations
• All FM Marvin locations
Additionally, Moorhead Schools is collecting supplies in the district office at Probstfield Center for Education until 11 a.m. Aug. 1.
Backpacks and supplies will be distributed to students and families in need on:
Saturday, August 10 from 8-11:30 a.m. at the FARGODOME
Tuesday, August 13 from 4-7 p.m. at the FARGODOME
Any K-12 student attending school in Cass or Clay County is eligible to receive a backpack and school supplies. Families must bring a form of ID (social security card, school ID or report card/progress report listing the student’s name) for each child and one completed registration form per family to the FARGODOME. Registration forms will be available at the FARGODOME.
Information about the drive can be found on the United Way website at https://www.unitedwaycassclay.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/school-supply-drive.
Photo: Nadine Moon, school social worker for Moorhead Area Public Schools, helps the United Way of Cass-Clay kick off the 21st annual school supply drive on July 9 to collect supplies and backpacks for thousands of local students.