Goddard Schools in Georgia are helping children “make the grade” this school year by partnering with The Children’s Restoration Network for its annual Back-2-School Backpack Drive.
From Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 27, children and families at all 27 Georgia locations of The Goddard School will be collecting backpacks and school supplies such as ruled paper, notebooks, crayons, pencils, pens, rulers and glue to benefit underprivileged children in the Atlanta area.
More than 3,900 homeless children will live in 134 group homes and shelters throughout 20 metro-Atlanta counties during the 2012-2013 school year, and most of these kids will arrive with little more than a bag of clothes.
“For a homeless child entering a new school, surrounded by new kids and new teachers, coming in that first day without a book bag or school supplies serves as a reminder of how they are different and how they don’t fit in,” says Cliff Kinsey, CEO of Children's Restoration Network. “With our annual Back-2-School Program, we try to provide all of these homeless children in shelters and group homes with new book bags and all the necessary school supplies so that they can enter their schools feeling confident and prepared.
"We’re thrilled that Goddard Schools are helping us to accomplish our mission this year.”
Children at The Goddard School® are equally excited about being able to help underprivileged children their own age in Atlanta.
"So many of our children come from homes where they never have to think about where their stuff comes from," said Chris Dibbling-West, Atlanta spokesperson for The Goddard School. "This is a great chance to teach our children to give of themselves. Many of the children are so excited when they are able to pick out items for another child."
All metro-Atlanta Kroger Supermarkets will be serving as public drop-off sites for the Back-2-School Drive. Members of the Atlanta community who would like to donate and contribute can drop off backpacks filled with school supplies at their local Kroger store between July 16 and 28. For a complete list of participating Kroger locations, visit the Back to School Drive Web site.
About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children's emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child's early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.
About Children’s Restoration Network (CRN)
Children's Restoration Network (CRN) is a non-profit agency focusing on the plight of homeless children and mothers in our community. In addition to helping meet basic needs, CRN conducts programs and special events to provide a broad range of positive experiences for over 4,000 children residing in shelters and group homes each year.
CRN began its 19-year of service to metro-Atlanta’s neediest children in September 2011.