Help A Child in Need Succeed – Backpack Ministry; Reach Out Lakota & Faith Alliance

This program continues to be a huge success providing much needed school supplies.  Thank you to all whom participated.

Please look back in August 2017 to see how you can help.  We have provided the 2016 status :

“Help A Child in Need Succeed” – Backpack Ministry


2016 UPDATE:

 The Faith Alliance 2016 Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry supporting Reach Out Lakota’s Back-to-School Program was again an outstanding success!

backpack2016 part 2In an organized response ten of the Faith Alliance churches, for the first time, took care of 100% of those requesting help in our community:

  • 520 children sponsored with school supplies for the year, (100% + of those registered!)
  • 300 + Backpacks
  • $1300 + more coming in!
  • Many boxes of miscellaneous supplies

 Sue Cheney, ROL Back-to-School Coordinator commented:  “Your group’s help has made a huge impact on our community! We are very excited to be able to announce that we are fulfilling the complete supply lists as requested by the various buildings. This is our first year doing this; in the past we have cut short classroom supplies like tissues and wipes so that we could buy the hands on supplies like binders and calculators. The impact of our partnership will surely be felt throughout the entire district.”

According to Sarah Ferguson, ROL Coordinator for Compass Christian Church, our congregation collected 26 backpacks, 4 grocery bags of school supplies + 3 bags of “extra supplies,” and  monetary donations totaling $240.  With this we supported 43-50 needy students.

Thank you to all who donated time and talent to help our local children in need. Special thanks to Sarah Ferguson, who gave her time and energy to coordinate our Backpack Ministry at Compass Christian Church.

From Reach Out Lakota:

Back to School
Our annual Back to School Fair took place on Saturday, Aug. 13. We’d like to thank the West Chester & Liberty Township community, our program coordinators Sue Cheney & Andrea Subler, our sponsors and our volunteers;without you, none of this would’ve been possible!
Thank you…
The Faith Alliance of West Chester/Liberty Township
Journey Church
Four Corners Church
Threshold Church
MOMS Club of West Chester
Girl Scout Troop 49794
Manheim Cincinnati
Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary
Cornerstone Quality Team
Boys & Girls Club
and many, many other caring individuals!
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The 2015 Faith Alliance Help a Child in Need Succeed Backpack Ministry in support of Reach out Lakota was a HUGE success!

13 Faith Alliance church partners collaborated and here are the results:

  • 370 Lakota children sponsored with school supplies (80% increase over 205 last year!)
  • 312 Backpacks
  • 266 composition books
  • Several TI calculators for higher math
  • Many boxes of miscellaneous supplies

Reach Out Lakota was thrilled with the results of our second year campaign. Our collaborative effort has taken care of at least 70 % of the 532 children registered for assistance at Reach Out Lakota. Sue Cheney, ROL Back to School Coordinator commented:

“The results are amazing! The Alliance participation has been outstanding; truly a game changer for us!”

Let’s continue this success again this year 2016.

How Can I Help? The Following is From Reach Out Lakota’s Website:

Reach Out Lakota’s Annual Back to School Supply Drive was a HUGE success in 2015! We distributed over 600 backpacks filled with brand-new, grade specific school supplies to students in the Lakota School District. 2016 is quickly approaching and we are seeking donations of new school supplies to help us fulfill our mission of ensuring that all children in the Lakota School District begin the school year with the tools needed to succeed.

You can support our mission by providing:

  • SUPPLIES: Donate one or more new school supplies listed below.
  • FUNDS: Contribute a monetary donation to Reach Out Lakota c/o School Supplies, PO Box 362, West Chester, Ohio 45071 or use the DONATE NOW button on the Reach Out Lakota ROL website:
  • VOLUNTEEERS: Volunteer to help us with a variety of projects. We are looking for individuals and/or groups to participate.

More information about how to sign-up and participate in our annual Back to School Fair in 2016 will be posted soon. Check back for more information on how to be a part of our wonderful program!

The following types of school supplies are critical to the success of students enrolled in our program. Donate any combination of these items or focus on one item:

  • Backpacks (Youth to Adult Size)
  • Scientific Calculator (TI 30XIIS)
  • Graphing Calculator (TI 83 or TI 84)
  • 3-Ring Binders (1″, 1.5″, or 2″)
  • Dividers (5 or 8 Tab)
  • Expandable Folders (6 Sections or Larger)
  • Folders – 2 Pocket w/Prongs (Plastic)
  • Pencils (yellow #2)
  • Ink Pens (Black, Blue, Red)
  • Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Multi-Subject Notebooks
  • Index Cards (Lined)
  • Composition Notebooks (Wide Ruled)
  • Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
  • Scissors (5″ or 7″)
Optional Items to include:
While our focus is on the items listed to the left, the following items will also help local students in need.
  • Flash Drives (2G or Larger)
  • Pencil Pouches (For 3 Ring Binders)
  • Pencil Boxes (Plastic)
  • Graph Paper (Quad, ¼” Ruled)
  • Small Spiral Note Books (4×6)
  • Permanent Markers
  • Sketch Book (9×12″ Spiral)
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Sandwich, Quart, or Gallon Sized Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wet Wipes
 *Please note that we no longer accept the donation of used school supplies for this program.
Contact a Program Coordinator today!
Sue Cheney
Program Coordinator
Mobile 513.240.4162
 Andrea Subler
Program Coordinator
Mobile 513.315.6236

Open Pantry Hours: M:5 -7pm | W & F: 10a – 12p | Located at: 6561 Station Road, West Chester, OH 45069 (Not Mailing Address)

At Compass Christian Church 6771 Tylersville Road Mason OH 45040:

At Compass Christian Church we will be handing out cards with various supplies to purchase; attached is a sample of last years cards.  In lieu of supplies you can also write a check to Reach Out Lakota c/o School Supplies, PO Box 362, West Chester, Ohio 45071 or use the DONATE NOW button on the ROL website:  Cards will be available at church for you to go shopping.  See Sarah F. for additional details.


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