Alberta Newspaper Group
The Bow Island Summer Fun Club is hosting a barbecue on Aug. 14 in support of a valuable program in the community.
The Tools for School program will be the beneficiary of the barbecue, a program that helps families get their school-aged children properly equipped for school.
“Tools for School provides school supplies for families in need in Bow Island and surrounding communities,” said Chamber of Commerce secretary Delaine Engebregtson. “Families can contact Family and Community Support Services or the Community Resource Centre and they can request help — we then go out and shop for supplies and we always try and keep the shopping local.
“We don’t want parents worrying about money and we don’t want kids going to school without the right tools.”
The barbecue is running from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Resource Centre and it is $5 for a burger, pop and chips.
Engebregtson says the program tries to help families with as much as possible off of a school supplies list — meaning things like pens, pencils, rulers, paper, etc. can be provided.
“We work with the schools to see what is needed to children in certain grades,” she said.
While the program has not yet advertised for the year, Engebregtson says three families have already reached out to see about help.
“We want people to know that this is all confidential,” she said. “If someone needs this, they don’t need to worry about people finding out — we don’t share information on who uses the program.
“If you think your family will need help — reach out to us.”