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Give a Kid a Chance needs school supplies

By Mark Warde

Individuals and groups across Ennis are doing together what they could never do alone. The cooperative effort, Give-A-Kid-A-Chance, is two-months away from providing a host of needs for children and young people prior to the start of the school year.

Set for Saturday, Aug. 13, hundreds of volunteers will unite in an effort to serve 1,300 or more kids with a new uniform (shirt and pants), a backpack filled with school supplies, books, gently used clothes, a meal, haircuts, vaccinations, family photos and many other services.

“It’s all about children and students,” says Marty Nelson, who helps coordinate the project. “We want each and every child to start the new school year with a positive sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.”

Volunteers are hustling to gather enough items for GAKAC to expand its ability to reach more families in need than in the previous eight years. It culminates at Ennis High School from 8 a.m. until noon on the second Saturday in August.

GAKAC is still seeking people and groups to adopt school supplies, either by purchasing them or by making donations which allows team members to buy them in bulk. The quest to fill backpacks for the youth of Ennis remains a pressing need.

According to Nelson, the items needed include; CraZArt colored pencils (12 pack), No. 2 pencils, Bic ink pens, CraZArt crayons (24 pack), Sharpie large yellow highlighters, glue sticks, CraZArt washable markers (10 pack), spiral notebooks, 200-count filler (punched and lined) paper, construction paper, composition notebooks, lined index cards, 3-ring binder, personal pencil sharpener, two pink erasers, two plastic rulers, blunt-tip scissors and pocket folders (without brads).

The supplies must be ready for the Aug. 7 back-packing day, which will be done in an assembly line fashion. Nelson says to fill 1,300 backpacks with the required quantities of items the combined cost (excluding the backpacks) is over $12,600. Wal-Mart has most of these items.

“If you’ve never been to GAKAC, come and see what it looks like for a community to work toward a common goal,” he said this week. “Come and see the looks on the youngsters faces when the Ennis cheerleaders, Lionettes and football players walk in and help each family carry their supplies.

“Come and see people from a dozen or more church congregations working side-by-side to serve, worship and honor the Lord for a common purpose,” he added. “Come and see your neighbors express their love and compassion by serving everyone who walks in the door of the high school.”

This year GAKAC welcomes walk-ins, though families are still asked to arrive based on a firmly-held schedule:

8 a.m.               Last name R through Z

9 a.m.               Last name L through Q

10 a.m. Last name F through K

11 a.m.             Last name A through E

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