" The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” 

― Oscar Wilde
Even though it's summer, school registration just opened up again, which made me think about a few things that we're doing to help ease the burden for families as they prepare for kids going back to school. The Summer Food Service Program is still going for four more weeks, so we hope that families will take advantage of free meals at sites in the community, which can ease the cost of having kids at home all summer. For some families, the start of the school year can mean added stress as they try to get all of the school supplies that their children need in order to start the school year out on the right foot. Students in the Muscatine Community School District will have an easier time this year with a much shorter list of school supply needs and reduced fees thanks to some planning done by the district. Even so, that doesn't mean that all of the needs are covered. We're happy to support a couple of great programs that will help out. Qualifying families can receive free school supplies through Community Action of Eastern Iowa. Once again, these same families will also be able to receive new shoes for their school-aged children through a partnership with Significant Souls here in Muscatine. For families who might fall just outside of the guidelines for Community Action, there are school supplies available through our Kids First Fund as well. We're happy to do our part to make sure that students don't have to arrive on the first day of school without the tools they need to succeed. Thanks to everyone who donated supplies to any of these programs this year. This is just one more example of the generosity of our community. 

Thank you for reading!
Shane Orr
Executive Director
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