One of a child’s exciting “moments” of the year is anticipating back-to-school. The year ahead is a blank slate–surely ready to reveal new wonders! But for nearly 20,000 students in the Quad Cities–and for our 100 HMHI children–who come from families with incomes low enough to qualify for free & reduced meals and fees, there’s also some anxiety.
Will I have the supplies that the teacher expects me to have? Will my mom be able to afford the clothing and shoes I need for school? Children without the basics experience shame and embarrassment, particularly when their peers notice what they lack.
Every year we try to help our participating families to acquire the back-to-school basics that they must have. The school supply lists are lengthy, and our single parent families are stretched to equip their children adequately–particularly when they have two or more students in schools.
You can assist us by dropping off school supplies during office hours [Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4 PM] at our office at
1228 E. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa; 563/326-1330 (Phone)
These are supplies our HMHI children need that are in short supply:
- Dry Erase Markers
- Small bottles of hand sanitizer
- 1 quart Ziploc baggies
- Spiral notebooks
- Paper towels
- Composition notebooks
- 3×5 index cards
- Post it notes
- 1″ – 3 ring binders
- Plastic tab divider pages
- Graph paper
- 3 subject notebooks
- Scientific Calculators
- USB flash drives
Most of our students are also expected to have these supplies:
- 24 pk crayons
- 4 oz. bottles of Elmer’s glue
- Glue sticks
- 8 pk washable markers
- #2 pencils
- Pocket folders
- Fiskar scissors
- Boxes of Kleenex
- Wide ruled loose leaf paper
- Colored pencils
- Pencil tip erasers
- Big pink erasers
Image credit: David Lassman/ The Post-Standard as seen on Syracuse.com
As schools close for summer break, children need homes to which they can return for the summer months. Year round, homes provide stability and structure to children, assets they need to help them grow.
Homelessness affects children’s school performance, a reality that a recent report from Milwaukee attests. In the Milwaukee public school district, Hopkins Street School Psychologist Amanda McEwen says the staff deal with the effects of homelessness every day:
“With the little ones you’ll see acting out and temper tantrums. In the middle school students you’ll see anger, and violence, and fighting. And a lot of it is that underlying anxiety, and often times, depression, resulting from situations where they don’t know where they’re going to get their next meal, they don’t know where they’re going to be sleeping, they don’t know who is going to be home when they get home,” she says.
Summer’s here. Kids are home from school. It is deeply satisfying to us at HMHI to be about the work of providing homes where children know that they belong.
Thank you for helping us do that.