By Reader Staff
This year marks the Angels Over Sandpoint’s 18th annual Back to School program, providing school supplies to students in Bonner County. The nonprofit organization remains committed to continuing the much-needed tradition in the community, regardless of whether the 2020-2021 academic year takes place in-person, online or some combination of the two.
Due to COVID-19, the Angels are implementing some necessary changes to ensure the health and safety of volunteers and the families it serves.
School supplies will be delivered directly to all schools in Bonner County to avoid having a large group of people gather at the Farmin-Stidwell Elementary School gym to pick up supplies. Rather, supplies can be requested at the front offices of Lake Pend Oreille School District schools on the first day of school or shortly after.
Families do not need to register their children to receive supplies. Supplies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at each school. A limited supply of backpacks will also be available. Contact the front office of your children’s schools to obtain supplies.
“We look forward to handing out supplies to our local families in person every year,” the Angels stated in a news release. “Thank you for your understanding and support as we focus on the safety of our volunteers and the families we serve. We look forward to resuming normal operations next year.”
The Back to School program is only possible with grants and donations made by businesses and individuals in the community. According to the organization, COVID-19 has resulted in a “significant decrease in our annual grants this year.” To make up for the shortfall, the Angels are asking the community for support and help in continuing to provide the Back to School program to the families of Bonner County.
Every dollar helps, the nonprofit stressed, asking supporters to consider donating and helping support the Back to School program on the Angels’ Go Fund Me page at https://bit.ly/333HkYg or by mailing a check to PO Box 2369, Sandpoint, ID 83864.
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