To the Journal editor:
Getting ready for a new school year when I was a child back in the 1970s was exciting. I loved seeing the new school supplies laid out for inspection on the living room floor. Trying on again and again the new shoes mom bought for us but wouldn't let us wear until the first day of school. I remember the anticipation and confidence I felt.
As a parent myself, I look forward to the first day of school. They have so much potential. They can do and be anything if we provide them with the right tools and resources.
Forbes.com reports, "According to the National Retail Federation 2012 Back-to-School spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $688.62 on their children."
As a child I was blessed to have those things provided for me by my parents. Now, it's my turn to make sure my kids have what they need to help them succeed in school. But what about those kids that are not so fortunate? I realize there are many families who simply cannot afford to provide the necessary supplies or clothing needed to start a new school year.
With this in mind, Silver Creek Church, in conjunction with National Night Out, hosted its first Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party back in 2008.
Almost immediately the event took on a Back-to-School theme. That first year we gave out a limited number of backpacks and school supplies. Last year we were blessed to provide 356 backpacks filled with school supplies and 3,000 pieces of clothing to area children.
Now in its sixth year, Block Party organizers hope to give away as many as 500 backpacks along with age appropriate school supplies and 5,000 pieces of gently used children's clothing. This event would not be successful without the support of not only our church members but the community as well.
If you would like to assist our efforts in helping area children get ready for school you can drop off donations at Silver Creek Church, 219 Silver Creek Road in Harvey, Headlines Hair Studio and Snyder Drug in Harvey, Snyder Drug in Gwinn, the Peninsula Medical Center, YMCA or U.P. Children's Museum in Marquette or You've Been Framed in Ishpeming.
Visit silvercreekblockparty.org or call the church office at 249-1715 for more information.
Pastor Kevin Taylor