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Newaygo County community partners provide school supplies for rural low-income families

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Parents and students are preparing for the start of the school year. For most families it begins by purchasing new school supplies and backpacks. For low-income families it can be a financial burden.

In Newaygo County, Fremont-based nonprofit TrueNorth Community Services and its partners Fremont Area Community Foundation and Gerber Foundation confront rural poverty head-on.

This week community partners hosted the 16th Annual Tools for School Expo. Seven hundred and thirty-five kindergarten through 12th grade students from qualifying low-income families received a new backpack filled with the necessary, grade appropriate school supplies.

Mike Voyt is TrueNorth’s Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator, he explains all students should enter the school year on a level playing field.

“So, folks that come here have the option to see some of the resources available to them in the community as well as get a haircut for free for their dependents, dental checks, vision checks.”

Meeting basic healthcare needs promoting learning and self-confidence.

More than 40 TrueNorth volunteers in addition to 20 agencies supported the program.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.