NORTH ROYALTON – Most everyone recognizes students need supplies to ensure they are properly equipped to start the school year off right.
Enter the North Royalton Office on Aging with back up from the North Royalton School District and the North Royalton Family YMCA, who are on a mission to make sure every child has the items they need to reach their full potential academically.
Operation NR Cares, which first began six years ago, rallies the troops on the front lines to ensure this mission is accomplished.
This program kicks off at 5:30-6:30 p.m. July 27 at The 3 Spot, located at 13855 Ridge Road. The entire community is invited to help the cause by bringing in at least three school supply items. To reward residents’ generosity, The 3 Spot will serve up a sampling of light appetizers on the house.
From July 18 through Aug. 12, residents can drop off supplies in convenient collection bins located at the Office on Aging and Human Services at 13500 Ridge Road, the North Royalton Library at 5161 Wallings Road, The North Royalton Family YMCA at 11409 State Road and Royalton Automotive at 10050 Royalton Road.
Supplies most needed when school resumes Aug. 24 are: backpacks, Mead wide-ruled five-subject notebooks and paper (no college ruled), jumbo glue sticks, washable markers, headphones (no earbuds), Clorox wipes, hand sanitizers, dry-erase markers and erasers, red pens, USB flash drives, TI-100 calculators and gift cards in any amount to stores like Target, Walmart, Giant Eagle, CVS, Drug Mart, Office Max, Staples, Rite Aid, etc. The suggested amount for gift cards is $10.
The full list of items in need includes: folders with and without pockets, pencils, pencil boxes, markers, glue, highlighters, black and blue pens, rulers, protractors, colored pencils, tissue boxes, crayons, scissors, calculators, index cards, three-ring binders and Sharpie markers.
Those who wish to donate monetarily can make checks payable to the Charitable Fund of North Royalton Kiwanis. The words “school supplies” should be written in the memo section of the check. Gift cards and monetary donations can be left with the office on aging.
NR Cares, which Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw helped create, is meant to supplement efforts of the city’s Christmas in July event, hosted July 9, which raises dollars annually for vouchers and gift cards for clothing for students who will also receive these school supplies.
“I am amazed each and every year by the overwhelming kindness our community shows with all the school supplies and money that they donate to this program. This year is no different. The need still remains very high, and I urge folks to please help support this great cause,” he said.
Superintendent Greg Gurka said the school district is grateful to have this to lift up the families who need a bit of extra help, so every child has the supplies they need to reach their full potential.
“And this is a wonderful example of our community working together to help each other out,” he said.
Residents in need of supplies for their school-age children can apply July 18-Aug. 12. To qualify, North Royalton residents must meet the 2016 income guidelines – a two-person household is $31,260 or less, a three-person household $39,580 or less, a four-person household $47,700, five-person is $55,820.
Proof of North Royalton residency, photo identification and proof of household income is required. The office on aging will also ask for the students’ school and grade level because supplies are packaged accordingly. It will do its best to fulfill these basic items; however, an application does not guarantee applicants will receive all the supplies needed. For more information, contact the office on aging at 440-582-6333.