Group Outrevery Packages for our Youth (COPY) currentd over 1,600 backpacks final yr to Stuttgart schools, each Private and non-private.(Photograph courtesy of COPY)
Yearly, scholars Inside the Stuttgart School District Look forward to The primary Saturday in August when COPY (Group Outrevery Packages for our Youth) holds their Again-2-School Extravaganza at John Cain Park in Stuttgart.
The event was canceled final yr As a Outcome of of COVID-19 pandemic, with COPY opting to donate backpacks and currents On to extreme schools in Stuttgart.
LaTaaka Harvey, founder and director of COPY, says As a Outcome of of event’s popularity and measurement, They will as quickly as extra practice warning and donate currents For every Private and non-private school in Stuttgart.
“Every thing modified final yr however we have been nonetheless In a place to serve the community by giving currents and backpacks To every scholar by way of The varsity district, and we’re going to Go together with that plan this yr,” said Harvey. “The state has opened back up however I nonetheless Want to make sure that We’re protected within our community. The event Is usually so huge – there’s simply A lot Of people crowded up.”
Based mostly on Harvey, Tuesday, July 22, was the deadline For school principals and recurrentatives To answer COPY’s request For his or her classroom wants.
Harvey said a beneficiant $30,000 donation from Lennox Industries and continued assist from Walmart in Stuttgart has allowed COPY To current scholars backpacks and currents for Greater than 11 yrs.
“I started in 2008 and We now have been serving Stuttgart and surrounding communities for Shut to 12 yrs now,” said Harvey. “We current completely different programming For school youngsters To assist empower them and their households. The Again-2-School Extravaganza was our largest event. We current 1,500+ scholars with backpacks every yr.”
Harvey additionally thanked native companies and civic groups For his or her continued assist and said community donations are significantly appreciated.
“We nonetheless have people, companies, and civic groups that donate, because even now that we’re delivery On to extreme schools, it simply prices extra To current these youngsters. We have our particular person donors that primarytain donating, however we might undoubtedly use extra To assist with The worth of delivery.”
COPY is a 501c3 nonprofit group, and all donations are tax-deductible. Donations Could Even be mailed to P.O. Area 523 Stuttgart, AR 72160.