For the last 8 years, the Barnabas Connection in partnership with local community partners has sponsored the Back to School Fiesta, helping a growing number of students each year. For the last four years we have consistently helped 500 local students with free school supplies, backpacks and Payless Shoes gift cards. As you may know, the Back to School Fiesta also features free haircuts, dental supplies and other needed services.
In 2013, 22 different Wimberley community businesses, organizations and faith communities were important partners with the Back to School Fiesta providing funds for supplies and backpacks, and volunteers for the event. We are seeking your support to be a partner in providing school supplies for our local children in need through the 2014 Back to School Fiesta, scheduled for Saturday, August 16, 9:00am-12:00pm. (Save the Date!)
This project will proceed at the direction of the Barnabas Connection. We work closely with other community leaders and WISD staff to coordinate efforts and carry out the mission.
The families served by the free and reduced lunch program are living at or below the Federal poverty line. Families are asked to provide for their children’s school supplies at an average of $40 retail per child. With multiple children in one family this amount per child can make it very difficult for families to address this expense in addition to their usual needs. This total does not include costs for school clothes, athletics, or extracurricular activities, if that is even an option for these families. To our knowledge there is no funding source in WISD to assist families with school supplies.
Please contact Vicki McCuistion at 512-847-3109 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your level of participation in the 2014 Back to School Fiesta by May 10 to be included in initial publicity materials or if you have any questions. All levels of financial support are greatly appreciated. For tax-deductible donations, please make checks out to the “Wimberley United Methodist Church”, designated for the Back to School Fiesta and sent c/o of Barnabas. Thank you!
Thank you for considering being a partner in this local event that helps our community children in need.