For many families, August marks the beginning of preparations for a new school year. And this is no different for refugees. With the back-to-school spirit in full gear, a group of volunteers at Shaker Pointe in Latham is trying to make sure these children get the school supplies they need for the upcoming school year.
These volunteers have been trying to help these families resettle in the Capital Region and have recently turned their focus to helping refugee families through the stress of the impending school year, putting boxes together filled with school supplies.
“The seniors get the list of needed supplies from the school districts’ websites. Through donations or sometimes their own resources, they collect pens, pencils, ring binders, notebooks, folders — everything on the school’s list.” The supplies will then be delivered to the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Albany with the ultimate goal of giving these new Americans one less thing to worry about as they settle into their new lives.
These volunteers are a great example that truly anyone can make a difference; even the smallest actions have a huge impact on the lives of others.
Read the entire article in WNYT here.