The Issue: Cost of School Supplies
In 2012, more than 20% of Kansas City residents lived below the poverty line, meaning they didn't always have enough money for basic necessities such as food and rent. Yet, in 2013, families of elementary-aged students paid an average of $161.27 for basic back-to-school supplies such as pencils and paper. With the new school year approaching, many low-income families may be forced to choose between school supplies and groceries.
The Campaign: Distributing Backpacks to Underserved Students
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) to help prepare children for the new school year. For every $5 raised, CAPA can purchase a backpack for one local student as part of its Back to School Bash.
The Back to School Bash—a family event that focuses on literacy and family togetherness—regularly provides school supplies for children from low-income backgrounds. During previous bashes, CAPA received so few backpacks to hand out that the organizers featured them as prizes on the game table, only to be humbled when children chose them before the games and toys. Even though the organization distributed more than 200 backpacks last year, they were still unable to provide one for every student at the Bash. This year, CAPA's goal is to equip each attending child with a backpack and basic school supplies to increase their excitement and confidence about the upcoming school year.
Child Abuse Prevention Association
When it was founded in 1975, CAPA ran a crisis and information hotline, but quickly expanded to include treatment programs for survivors of child abuse. Today it serves children and families with three levels of programming—education, family support, and counseling services—all designed to prevent and treat child abuse. The programs help strengthen family relationships through problem solving and communication-based activities, and reinforce self-esteem through educational presentations. Art therapy, play therapy, and individual counseling are all available for children who have experienced trauma or been abused, and a women's empowerment group provides enrichment for adult survivors of abuse.