Back to School Shop, Inc., an all-volunteer community organization, held its fourth annual event on Sunday, July 29th, at Davenport Ridge Elementary School in Stamford. Nearly three hundred children from the Stamford public elementary schools were able to "shop" free of charge for brand new back-to-school outfits and school supplies in a department store-like setting, with the help of volunteer "personal shoppers." Over 250 volunteers from the community helped to make the event a resounding success.
As the new school year approaches, an event Sunday supplied gear to kids whose families might not be able to afford everything they need.
The fourth annual "Back To School Shop" took place at the Davenport Ridge Elementary School gym, as students from low-income families got to pick out brand new supplies.
Most children will say the best part of going back to school is the shopping: Picking out a new backpack, light-up sneakers, and even new underwear.
For about 275 young Stamford students, this year’s new school clothes and supplies were made possible by the Back to School Shop.
On Friday mornings when Sara Walker Nursery School is in session, the light jangling of coins is heard coming from colorful plastic pouches that are clipped to toddlers’ backpacks. The coins are not their milk money, but rather, their “tzedakah.”
The children of the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School in Stamford, ranging in age from two to four years old, have chosen to donate the money they collected throughout the school year to help economically disadvantaged children in Stamford get new clothing and school supplies.