YMCA volunteers take students shopping

Published 1:35 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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It was a bright beginning to the upcoming school year for some 50 students from Davie County Schools last week.

The went back-to-school shopping through the Davie Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program.

Volunteers met with each student before going shopping for clothes and school supplies.

“The YMCA recognizes the importance of a child’s cognitive, emotional and social development and aims to empower them,” said Kristine Geddings, communications director for the YMCA of Northwest N.C.

It was more than just providing essentials for a successful school year – the day also provided students with a shopping experience they likely would not have had.

Backpacks and supplies are collected by the Y prior to the shopping trip, which was mainly for clothes.

“Back-to-school season should be an exciting time for all students egardless of their circumstances,” said Luke Harris, Davie Family YMCA executive director. “Feeling confident before starting a new school year is crucial for a child and by giving them the tools they need, we help set htem up for success.”

Bright Beginnings is made possible by contributions to the impact fund. It took $140 to support each child.