By Dawn Baxter, office
administrator, West Berks Mission District
of the West Berks Mission District are again working together to provide
needed school supplies to children in the Reading
School District and other children in need. Many families do
not have the “luxury” of
purchasing the items necessary for their children to succeed in school.
Last year we were
able to distribute 324 book bags to four middle schools and eight elementary
The word of this
special ministry has spread and this year we expect to have more than
500 bags! More than half of our congregations
have participated by collecting school supplies, as did nurses
Pediatric Unit; and CVS Pharmacy has made a very generous donation
of supplies to this special ministry. Some individuals and congregations
monetary donations that allow us to purchase items that run low.
The first day of
school can be stressful for all children, but it is especially so for
those who do not have the supplies they
to bring. The West Berks Mission District’s Operation Book
Bag is greatly appreciated by both the children and the teachers.
the staff, who can now better help their students achieve, and
the children, who receive a new backpack and school supplies of
are all the
reward we need!
PHOTOS: Children pictured are Katherine and Daniel Graf.