Remember the excitement of the first day of school? Remember how proudly you shouldered your new backpack and marched into school?
International children now have the same feeling after they visit the Knox County Schools Welcome Center, where new families enroll their children in school throughout the year. Every child receives a well-stocked backpack, readying them for that first day in their new schools.
In 2018, KIN collected 100 backpacks for the Welcome Center. Ms. Sharon Cate, the director, described the impact this way:
Editors note: These days, we support ELL students through tutoring and mentoring rather than supplying backpacks at the KCS Welcome Center. However, if you wish to provide a backpack and/or school supplies to new arrivals, contact us, and we'll connect you with the right people.
READY TO GET INVOLVED?
Want to tangibly welcome international families to Knoxville? $35 will purchase and fill a backpack. Make a donation today or drop off a full backpack (email us to schedule a time). You’ll be helping a child feel excited about school!
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