In Champaign County, over 150 students attended an event aimed at preparing them for the upcoming school year.
Cool Tools for School, a collaborative event held at North Lewisburg United Methodist Church in the Capital Area North District included participation from Cable UMC in the Miami Valley District and other non-profit organizations. The event was filled with music provided by local radio station Rise! FM, who broadcast live from the event, meals prepared and served by the local Odd Fellows chapter and fellowship.
Held on the campus of North Lewisburg, the event went beyond offering stuffed backpacks for children. Free haircuts, shoes and t-shirts were also given away.
Mercy Health donated health kits, Apparel of Hope, a ministry run by a member of North Lewisburg member Kate Gulick, donated t-shirts and Cable UMC donated shoes, all to be given away to students.
Although backpacks were also given away, Event Director and member of North Lewisburg Keisha Warner said, “It takes more than just school supplies to get a child ready for a new school year. We wanted a ‘one stop shop’.”
Other participating non-profits include the Champaign Health Department, Dolly Parton Imagination Library (United Way), the Girl Scouts, the Champaign County Head Start Program, TCN Suicide and the North Lewisburg police and fire departments.
For more information or to get involved, please contact North Lewisburg UMC at nlumoffice [at] gmail.com.