CIP Goes Back to School

Back-to-school season is almost upon us and before we know it, children across the country will be preparing to settle back into their school routine, but those routines will look different than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting effects on our communities, and school districts are changing the way schools will look for their students, teachers, and families. With all the uncertainty and change, one thing is for sure: students will need supplies. Due to the virus, more families than ever are struggling to make ends meet. School supplies and back-to-school clothes might not be in the budget. That is where the Elks come in.

Many Elks Lodges use a Gratitude Grant for annual school supply drives and events. This year, sit’s more important than ever that students have their own supplies, as the CDC recommends that the safest step for schools to take is to ensure that students are not sharing as much as possible. Fort Pierce, Fla., Lodge No. 1520 is doing their part by using its Gratitude Grant to ensure that the students in their community are prepared for school and have their own supplies.

The Fort Pierce Lodge has partnered with a local Title 1 school for many years. The district is still working to determine the safest way for its students to return to school, but no matter what the return looks like, children will need school supplies to be successful. The Fort Pierce Elks became aware of this need and immediately decided to lend a helping hand by putting together school supply kits. In order to adhere to the strict CDC social distancing guidelines in their area and limit the Elks’ exposure to the children and their families, members build the kits at the Lodge and then sends them to the school for distribution.

“Over the years, the Fort Pierce Elks have worked to meet the needs of local schools and help teachers provide the best education possible,” says Lodge Grants Coordinator Lenny. And this year is no different. The Lodge is not going to let a pandemic stop them from upholding their commitment to the local schools and students.

If school supplies, school lunches, or any number of other school-related activities are a need in your community, the CIP is here to help. Gratitude Grants can be donated or used for an active project—if it is safe to do so--in your community. If your Lodge is hoping to have an in-person event, please review the Active Project Guidelines.


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