Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 --- 3:15pm
Heading back to school can be an exciting time for kids, but worrisome for parents.
If you've ever bought school supplies, you know the costs can really add up. And for some families, it's just not something they can afford. But, several area groups are helping ensure each and every student has the tools to succeed.
Saturday, dozens turned out on the east side of Madison’s for "Backpacks For Success." The event is put on by 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. They raise money throughout the year, then give away around1600 backpacks filled with the supplies students need.
"We have a big focus on mentoring with 100 Black Men. We want to get kids off to a great start this school year and that's why this event is so impactful for this City of Madison” Chris Canty, who organized the event.
Meanwhile, across Madison on Saturday, you might have noticed some yellow school buses while out doing your shopping. The “Stuff The Bus” event is in its first year. And many folks, like the Riemer family, dropped by the Walmart on Watts Road to drop off supplies.
"I want our kids to understand that they do have a good life. They have what they need. And there are kids out there that don't have what they need” says Dan Riemer.
And for the Riemers, helping out is a family affair.
"Whenever the kids would throw tantrums or whine they were encouraged to pay money. That money was put in a jar and set aside and we used it for whenever volunteer opportunities came up. We did the food pantry and we saw “Stuff The Bus” and we figured that'd be the perfect opportunity for these kids to spend their money” says Riemer.
So whether it's crayons, rulers or notebooks, every little bit goes a long way.
If you couldn't make it out to today's events, you can still help. Just head to: www.100blackmenmadison.com or www.lions-serve.org