CASA collecting school supplies

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Dubois County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates want county children served by CASA to have the school supplies they need when they go back to school in August.

CASA is collecting specific supplies the children need for school.

“I want our kids to be able to go to school and have what they need,” CASA Director Deena Hubler said, “where they don't have to get them from a teacher, they don't have to get them from the school social worker.”

CASA hopes the public will help.

Collection boxes have been placed at the Tri-County YMCA, 131 E. 16th St. in Ferdinand; the Jasper Public Library, 100 Third Ave. in Jasper; Redemption Christian Church, 1450 Energy Drive in Jasper; and in the foyer at the Dubois County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Jasper.

Supplies are being collected through July 3, so that the advocates can distribute them before school starts in August.

The supplies list is specific, based on the supplies list provided by schools. Items needed include:

• One-subject, wide-ruled spiral notebooks

• Pocket folders

• Rectangle box of tissues

• Disinfecting wipes

• Elmer’s Glue Sticks (large preferred)

• Gallon-size freezer bags

• Quart-size freezer bags

• Packages of #2 yellow pencils

• Red ink pens

• Pink erasers

• Crayola colored pencils (24 pack)

• Crayola crayons (at least 24 pack)

• Crayola skinny markers

• Crayola fat markers

• Fiskars pointed scissors

• Highlighters

• Eight-cont dry erase markers

• Four-count black dry erase markers

• Dry eraser

• Cap erasers

This is the first time CASA is attempting an organized collection of supplies. “We try to provide for the children’s needs, Hubler said. “We were brainstorming locations in the office, and those were the locations where we had connections and could quickly get [the boxes] in.”

At this time, CASA is not looking for cash donations for supplies.

“Right now we'd rather just have supplies off the list,” Hubler said.

Having supplies required for school can help give a child some additional confidence when they go back to class.

“They can walk in the door with what they need, just like every other kid,” Hubler said. “Sometimes they're singled out in small ways because they're part of the system. And this makes it a little easier, a little bit better for them.”

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, are community volunteers trained to represent the best interests of children who are part of the court system due to abuse or neglect. For information, visit the Dubois County CASA tab under departments on the Dubois County Government’s webpage, www.duboiscountyin.org. The agency also has a Facebook page.




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