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A sure sign that summer is winding down is the sight of backpacks being filled with school supplies.



The Boys and Girls Club of the White Earth Reservation has spent the last couple weeks filling more than 400 backpacks with grade-specific school supplies for each youth that attends one of our seven clubs located throughout the reservation.

Over 400 youth in grades kindergarten to 12 will receive a filled backpack.

We have students attending eight different schools, so the Boys and Girls Club went through the supply lists for each school and each grade and made sure that we sent home the specific items that were required for each classroom. From glue, colors, markers, highlighters, scissors, folders, lined paper, notebooks, pencil cases, erasers ... you name it, they got it!



We have many families that are living paycheck to paycheck or are struggling financially. Helping to fill backpacks in order for youth to feel prepared and ready for success is one way the clubs can help their communities.

The Boys and Girls Club of the White Earth Reservation also does mentoring and homework help, offers STEM activities, and Trail –- which is a nutrition grant that we receive -- regalia making/cultural events, and more. Computer classes will be new at the club this fall.

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This is the first year that we were able to do the backpacks due to the generous donation made by St. Could Subaru.

Every child receiving a backpack has had a smile on their face and these smiles were made possible with the help of Scott Bement, owner of the St. Cloud Subaru dealership, who chose White Earth Boys and Girls Club as their “Hometown Favorite” in Subaru’s Share the Love fundraising event. Subaru donate more than $56,000 to our clubs, which were raised during the Share the Love event.

Boys and Girls Club is so fortunate to have people who care so much about kids partnering with us each year to make great things happen.



If you are interested in making a donation or partnering with Boys and Girls Club please contact Terri Darco at 218-983-3285. Visit www.whiteearth.com.