(Seguin) -- Thanks to the Lions Clubs of Seguin and Geronimo, local students will be given the necessary tools to be successful in every classroom.
Pack the Bus Coordinator Suzanne Sanders says Saturday marks the annual 2017 Pack the Bus Distribution Day at Hillcrest Church. Sanders says the the Lions Clubs have spent the last few months raising money and collecting school supplies for low income families.
"We made bags up for 1,500 children. We usually give away on our Distribution Day between 1,000 and 1,200 bags and we try to make sure that these children have their basic school supplies. They don't get the same amount that they have on the school supplies list, but they get enough to get them started and get them going. We want them to go to school as happy and excited as everybody else and not feeling that they don't have what they need to learn. Our goal is for them to finish school, graduate, get out into their communities and have successful lives. The Lions Club have been doing this since 1996 and it has just been an unbelievably rewarding experience. It’s grown every year. Of course, prices go up every year, a few more people need our help every year, but that's what we're there for," said Sanders.
Sanders says families who need the assistance should stop by this Saturday anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. She says volunteers will standing by with plenty of supplies.
"Not everybody needs to be there right at 10, because they will have to stand in line to get in. We have plenty of bags, so don't feel that you got to come early. You will need to bring your Medicaid letter, your Lone Star letter or your SNAP letter or your reduced lunch letter from last year to get in, because this is for our low income families, but if you are new in town or recently lost your job and don't have that documentation, just let us know when you get there and we'll have somebody qualify you," said Sanders.
In addition to picking up school supplies, families will be provided plenty of information to help them throughout the year. Sanders says the Lions Club will also be on hand with its vision screening equipment.
"We will also be having the Guadalupe County Inter-agency Social Services Fair where people can see what they qualify for from other social services, like WIC or maybe the advocacy center or Head Start and they can actually get information at that time to sign up to get those services in the future. In addition to that, we’ll have the Lions Kid's Sight Program in which, they will use a little computer to analyze your children's eyes, see if they have any kind of eye problems like glaucoma or an eye disease or a torn retina. So you will know so that it does not interfere with their learning ability when they get to school," said Sanders.
Sanders says she thanks the community and various groups and businesses who have all helped to buy the supplies. She says no supplies will go to waste.
"If anybody does miss Saturday, whatever bags are leftover -- we divide them up evenly among all the elementary schools and they will be picked up by Seguin ISD and distributed to those locations. The first day or two and I do recommend you do it when you first get there -- get to school -- you need to go to your counselor and as long as there are bags left, they will have some school supplies for you," said Sanders.
Pack the Bus Distribution Day will be held at Hillcrest Church located at 1440 Eastwood Drive across from Seguin Walmart.
The school supplies are collected and distributed to students in both the Seguin and Navarro Independent School Districts.