Community supports positive start to school year for all students
Community promotes positive start to school year for all students
Posted on 08/24/2018
Senior organizing school supplies

Back to School is filled with exciting traditions for Utica Community Schools students.

Thanks to the generosity of one local service organization, one of those traditions – picking out a new backpack and getting new school supplies – will experienced by even more students.

Recently, the Shelby-Utica Kiwanis worked with area volunteers to stuff more than 300 backpacks for students throughout UCS who may need assistance.

“We want to make sure they have the supplies they need to learn,” Linda-Ann Heldt, president of the service organization’s Golden K Club. “This is a tradition for the Kiwanis. Some of the kids need help so we are willing to help them.”

In total, the Shelby-Utica Kiwanis and the Sterling Heights Kiwanis will be donating more than 500 backpacks with school supplies to UCS students.

The Kiwanis backpacks include crayons, highlighters, rulers, pencils, maker, colored pencils and scissors.  The supplies are funded through a donation from Meijer’s Inc. and fundraisers held by the service club.

One of the volunteers stuffing the backpack was senior citizen Joyce Decker.

“What we are doing is important because these things have to be done,” she said. “Many of the kids can’t afford these materials. I want to help. Helping others gives me purpose.”

In addition to backpacks, the Kiwanis clubs also provides college scholarships. Last year, the Shelby-Utica Club awarded $8,000 in scholarships to UCS graduates.