As teachers across the state prepare their classrooms for a new school year, families are shopping for new backpacks and school supplies for their kids. But what happens to the families and students who cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on new school supplies each year?
On Aug. 23, 235 Tukwila School District students raced through the halls of Inspirus Credit Union’s Tukwila branch with new backpacks full of school supplies to take home.
Students in need were invited to the credit union to “shop” for school supplies.
As students walked through the front doors, they were greeted by an Inspirus team member who gave them play money to shop with.
As they shopped, students practiced budgeting skills to determine which school supplies they could afford with the money they were given, while making sure they got the supplies on their class list.
“It was such a gratifying day knowing that we served over 200 students with brand new backpacks and school supplies,” Inspirus Credit Union President Scott Adkins said. “We’re proud supporters of Washington’s education community and this event truly shows how much Inspirus team members care about our passion for education and how accepted our giveback is within the community.”
Special guests including state and local dignitaries, Tukwila School District officials, members of the Northwest Credit Union Association and Inspirus board members were took part in the event.
“Today’s event at Inspirus marks a wonderful memory that Tukwila students will forever remember,” Tukwila School District Superintendent Nancy Coogan said. “Our students, their families and our staff are both thankful and excited about the new school supplies and backpacks our students will have access to this school year.”
Inspirus Credit Union donated 1,000 backpacks in total to support Washington’s McKinney-Vento students, or those without stable housing, and plans to donate more before the school year begins. For more information, visit the Inspirus’ Facebook page.