Back to school with styleThe new leaders of the Salvation Army in Superior went school shopping their first day on the job.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
The new leaders of the Salvation Army in Superior went school shopping their first day on the job.
Majs. David and Bonnie Clark spent Wednesday morning helping 30 students buy back-to-school necessities at Superior’s Target store.
“They were super shoppers,” Bonnie Clark said.
Each of the children received an $81 gift certificate from Target through the corporation’s School Spree program. Karlina Lind, 7, focused on buying shirts, pants and dresses. She planned to wear one of the new outfits — a colorful leopard print dress — the first day of school. Many of the students used the gift for school clothes, the Clarks said. Kourtney Daly, 9, was able to buy shirts, pants and her cheerleading shoes.
“It was wonderful,” said her mother, Tara Jacobson. “We really could use it this year.”
One young shopper passed on some of his gift. He had $4 left after his purchases were tallied up. The boy handed the card back to the Clarks, who said it will be used to buy pens, crayons and supplies for other children.
Since 2009, Target has partnered with the Salvation Army to give children heading back to school an extra boost. Target provides the cards and the Salvation Army finds children who need them.
“It’s a cool program,” said Tara Posterick, manager of the Superior Target. “Not a lot of people know Target does that.”
“We can tell they value education,” Bonnie Clark said.
During the Target trip, the Clarks said they received a lot of friendly smiles and many people stopped to chat with them. After spending 24 years in Chicago as administrators, moving into fieldwork is a major change; they are looking forward to the new pace.
Stuff the Bus
Another school supply drive is winding down, as well. With most students headed back to school Sept. 3, it’s time for the United Way of Superior-Douglas County to gather and distribute school supplies collected through “Stuff the Bus.” The annual campaign usually takes place in August, but this year it kicked off in June. A number of local businesses have held donation drives. One business, Sterling Silver Studio, even collected items during the Superior 4th of July parade. The campaign has pulled in more monetary donations than previous years, said Kathi Madsen, executive director of the United Way of Superior-Douglas County.
“It’s definitely one of our better years,” she said. Madsen has been scouring sales racks to make the money stretch further. A Cathedral School Girl Scout troop and Target employees are expected to sort and package the donations up today. The supplies will be distributed to every school in Douglas County, including Northwood School in Minong and private schools. Donations are still being accepted, Madsen said. She also encouraged people to donate items directly to their local school. Other school supply drives continue through August, including “Operation School Supplies” at Benna Ford, 3022 Tower Ave.
In the Superior School District, Sept. 3 is the first day of classes for all elementary and high school students as well as seventh and eighth grade students. There will be no classes for sixth grade students. On Sept. 4, all Superior students except seventh and eighth graders will attend class. Starting Sept. 5, all students attend classes. Many elementary schools have planned a first day celebration and orientation. It is considered a regular school day and attendance is required.
In the Maple School District, Sept. 3 will be the first day of classes for all students in grades 1-9. Sept. 4 will be a full day of school for all students except those in kindergarten and 4-year-old kindergarten. Kindergarten classes begin Sept. 6 and children enrolled in the 4K programs begin school either Sept. 9 or 10.
Solon Springs and Northwood students head back to school Sept. 3.
For more information, check the school district.