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JLGA Helps Purchase Backpacks for Riverbend Head Start

The Junior League of Greater Alton was honored to help support the Riverbend Head Start program by helping to fund the purchase of backpacks.  The backpack and supplies pictured will go to low-income Head Start preschoolers who will start kindergarten in the fall of this year. In total, 96 backpacks filled with supplies and reading books will be distributed.

JLGA has been a partner and supporter of the Riverbend Head Start program, and has helped to fund and promote programs such as Coats for Kids each winter.  “When the request arrived to help with this much needed program, we were more than happy to assist,” said Sarah Crause, JLGA Community Outreach Chair. “Needs like these perfectly align with the mission of Junior League, and we are honored to help”.

As stated in the request letter from Riverbend Head Start, the financial challenge of kindergarten for families living in or below the poverty level is extreme.  Providing the backpacks and supplies ensures these children are prepared and armed with what they will need to succeed on the first day of school.

To learn more about programs and services provided by Riverbend Head Start visit www.riverbendfamilies.org.