Believe it or not, one Danville District 118 school will open its doors Monday to begin a new year. Northeast Elementary Magnet School operates on a balanced calendar, and will start classes next week.
The remainder of Danville and area schools will begin in about a month.
Parents already are beginning to stock up on school supplies. But for some families, that’s not always an easy task. Financial issues within families can cause some students to begin their new year without all of the supplies they need.
The Salvation Army in Danville has a program to help, and it deserves widespread support from area residents.
The organization is collecting donations of book bags, pencils, spiral notebooks, wide-rule filler paper for binders, block erasers, white glue, glue sticks, 24-count crayons, pencil boxes, three-prong folders with pockets, rulers, dry erase markers, blunt scissors for younger children and sharp scissors for older students. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. until noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 1 at The Salvation Army office, 855 E. Fairchild St.
The donations will be distributed Aug. 9 on a first-come, first-served basis. Families who want to participate should bring proof of income and proof if residency in Vermilion County. Salvation Army employees and volunteers pack backpacks with the appropriate supplies for grade levels.
Students learn best when they have the proper supplies like the rest of their classmates. As families begin to stock up for the coming school year, buy a couple of extra things and drop them off at the Salvation Army. Helping a child learn is a great way to help the whole community.