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Christopher Gooding
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Maggie’s Place helps family’s get back to school

AMHERST – Students aren’t the only ones who dread the first day of school.

Atlantic Kia’s Norma Jean Watts delivered money and supplies to Maggie’s Place’s Karen Leblanc on Friday to go towards the family resource centre’s back –to-school program. The centre is ready to help 200 students with their first day of school.

For some families, just the thought of coming up with the money to afford the first day of school can be overwhelming, but one family resource centre is ready to help shoulder the weight.

“We receive 200 backpacks every year from the Aliant Phone Pioneers and then local businesses help us fill them,” Maggie’s Place’s Karen Leblanc said. “There really should be no reason for any kid in Cumberland County or Amherst to go to school without the basic supplies but reasons happen. If you’re a single working parent with three children, it get expensive really quick.”

Some sources tout the cost of back to school supplies alone to be between $100 and $140 for each child in grades Primary to 12.

With the back packs in hand, local businesses and charitable individuals worked together over the last month to fill one of the program rooms at Maggie’s Place with much needed supplies. Among those businesses include Atlantic Kia, who delivered pens, paper, binders and much more – including a cheque for $370 – on Friday after a successful school supplies fundraiser and barbecue on Thursday.

“Hopefully it will all help make a big difference,” Norma Jean Watts with Atlantic Kia said. “We already have big plans for next year’s fundraiser.”

The backpack and school supplies will be administered through AMaggie’s Place. For more information, contact (902) 667-7250.

Organizations: Aliant Phone Pioneers

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Amherst

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