>The Shoreline & Ballinger Family Support Centers play a big part in the Back to School Consortium, a group of organizations in the Shoreline & Lake Forest Park community that work hard all year round to put on the Back to School event in August. This year at the Back to School event on Saturday, August 29th we expect to help over 1,000 students get ready for the upcoming school year!

Since our role in this exciting event is to oversee the school supplies, we’ve had a busy week getting ready! Over the past several months many churchs, community organizations, businesses and individuals have organized school supply drives throughout Shoreline & Lake Forest Park.

Last Friday we went to Walmart to use the monetary donations to buy the supplies needed to fill each student’s backpack. We filled up 13 heaping carts, and had quite a long receipt by the time we left the store.
On Monday we had some great volunteers who helped us haul the donated supplies out of storage from the Center for Human Services and Kellogg Middle School, to the Ridgecrest Elementary gymnasium where the event will take place on Sataurday.

Tuesday found us counting some final donations, and organizing the boxed supplies into packing lines for the various school levels. More generous community volunteers joined us to help sort supplies and move them to the right location, open packages, and bundle pens & pencils.
Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers who showed up for our work party on Wednesday afternoon, we were able to pack 1,034 backpacks in about an hour!

Seeing the backpacks all laid out was exciting, and now we’re looking forward to Saturday when the students will arrive to choose their favorite color or style.

After getting the extra supplies packed away and ready for next year, the CHS team came together to congratulate everyone on a job well done. The backpacks are ready to go, now we just need to buy some hot dogs!

Members of the Back to School Consortium include: Center for Human Services; City of Lake Forest Park; Embrace Shoreline Schools; Hopelink; City of Shoreline; Shoreline Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services; The Works of Shoreline PTA Council; Shoreline School District and the Readiness to Learn Program; The Vineyard; Turning Point and YMCA. For more information about the Back to School event, check out the Back to School Consortium website.