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Thank You to the Community for Donating School Supplies

The beginning of the School year is an exciting time for everyone, but this exciting time also comes with a price tag for new school supplies, and clothes just to name a few things. Without the help of many local organizations and individuals, some students would go without many of these things.


Throughout the summer several organizations spent their time, money, and effort to hold various drives, collecting items such as binders, pens, pencils, pencil pouches, notebooks, backpacks, calculators, hygiene products, and clothing. “Without these donations, some of our students who are economically challenged would really struggle with the start of the school year,” said Dave McDowell, Homeless Liaison and Visiting Teacher for Cape Henlopen School District. “We’ve received hundreds of donations this year and it’s made the transition and start of the school year that much easier for many of our families.”


Local Realtor with Mann & Sons, Kathleen “Atom” Irwin, along with National Heroes Home Advantage, spearheaded a supply drive for the middle school and high school AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) students. AVID is a college readiness program that works to close the gap in college graduation rates. It is intended for students who are capable of being successful, but are not quite reaching their full potential. Often times, AVID students will be the first in their families to attend college. AVID coordinators at Beacon and Mariner Middle School, and Cape Henlopen High School were able to divide up and distribute donations amongst all of the students in the AVID program. “We have about 200 students in our AVID program to date,” said Dr. Michael Young, Supervisor of Secondary Education and District AVID Coordinator. “The program is a National program, and requires specific school supplies for students. We’re grateful that Ms. Irwin and the National Heroes Home Advantage program were able to team up to collect all the necessary supplies for the students this year!”


Coastal Club homeowners hosted a Backpack Fundraiser this summer as well where they collected 100 backpacks. “The event was the culmination of efforts by the Coastal Club Activities Committee and other members of the Coastal Club and Elks communities,” said Steve Kraitz, a homeowner at Coastal Club and the event organizer. “Overall, the Coastal Club community and


Elks members contributed over $7,500 in cash and school supplies. The Elks Lodge also provided a generous grant that enabled the purchase of 15 graphing calculators for college bound students.”


A culmination of the donations provided roughly 125 backpacks, which many were delivered to District Office already filled with school supplies, calculators and hygiene products. “We were able to organize all of the donations and allocate them to our homeless and economically disadvantaged students,” continued McDowell. “We’ll be continuing to collect donations throughout the year as items run out, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in contributing.”


Donations were also collected throughout the summer by CHEF, Westminster Presbyterian Church, VIA, Delaware State Police, The Lutheran Church of our Savior and the Beta Beach Sorority. If you or your organization are interested in providing donations in the future, please reach out to our Homeless Liaison and Visiting Teacher David McDowell at