NORTH LIBERTY– To most parents, preparing kids for school means loading up a backpack with tablets and pencils, crayons, tissue boxes and paint sets.
Many don’t think of the other things so important in preparing for school: clean clothes, washed hair and daily baths.
“We want them coming to school ready to learn, ” said Kris Hynek, coordinator at the Family Resource Center at Penn Elementary School.
The role of the North Liberty Family Resource Centers (NLFRC) at Penn, Garner and Van Allen Elementary schools is to help families get all kids ready for school, including fostering the daily self-care routines that happen at home.
The NLFRCs received a payload of paper and cleaning supplies courtesy of the Life Church last week following a congregation drive that brought nearly a thousand rolls of toilet paper to the NLFRC at Penn. The supplies, including 88 bottles of dish soap, 93 bottles of laundry detergent, and many bottles of shampoo, hand and body soap, deodorant and other cleaning items, were hand-delivered by Life Church associate pastor Adam Kolosik and church volunteers.
For NLFRC Director Jill Winders, based at Garner, “It’s all about local families helping local families.”
The materials will be redistributed through the schools to help families who cannot afford basic items that are not covered by food assistance programs.
Life Church has been collecting donated items from its congregation, and Kolosik hopes the church will extend its tradition of giving even further.
Penn Elementary and Life Church will host a “Serve-alution” (think “a revolution of service”) in August for back-to-school items.