Church to give away school supplies

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Adrian Custer from Antrim Brethren in Christ Church stands next to a stack of notebooks, which will be handed out to area children on Aug. 11.

School supplies are one more expense for families, in addition to new clothes and at the secondary level, activity fees. With Greencastle-Antrim School District welcoming back students on Aug. 27, a local church decided to help out with the cost of education.

Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, 24 Kauffman Road E., will give away school supplies to families in need who have children in grades kindergarten through 12. People are invited to show up at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Youth and family minister Matt Sargent will share a greeting, and then everyone can find the age-appropriate materials for their children.

The Christians in Action Sunday School class is sponsoring the event. The class for adults is led by Tony Martin. The members chose the giveaway as their main service project. They hope to distribute bags of supplies to 300 elementary students and 100 upper level students. The bags include notebooks, folders, crayons, glue, pencils and other recommended things on a list posted by the schools. Contents of each bag are valued at about $10.

Sunday School president Adrian Custer said last year the group gave away both clothing and supplies.

"The school supplies went like that," he said. "They were heavy on people's minds for this year. The economy is hurting a lot of people. What gets left out sometimes is the kids."

Congregation members have donated items and money toward the project.

"We're blessed with people that give," Custer continued.