October 9

Once Around Shop equips Eaton students to go back to school

Eaton Mom and student

Mom and student get back to school supplies

Eaton students have new book bags, desk supplies, shoes and socks thanks to a Back to School day organized by Graceworks with local churches, organizations and Eaton Community Schools. To contribute or volunteer for Thanksgiving or holiday gift programs through the Once Around Shop, contact oats.eaton@graceworks.org or 937-456-6560.

“We want kids to go back to school and be excited about it,” said Jenny McCarty, Manager, Once Around Shop and Preble County Emergency Assistance Program. She said 83 children benefited from the program this year.

“It really helps a lot,” said Danielle, who said her husband has been laid off from work for some time this year. She and her husband have five school-aged children and “that’s lots of shoes. We really appreciate this.”

Trying on new shoesTen volunteers from Reid Hospital in nearby Richmond, Ind., helped children measure and try on shoes, to get just the right sizes and styles for the coming year. The Reid Foundation brought shoes that were bought with proceeds from the “Reid Ride” bicycling event, in which 750 cyclists raised money for shoes for children in communities in Ohio and Indiana.

 Schools display backpacksYvonne Morton, Eaton Community Schools, said it was gratifying to see children enthused about preparing for school. “Graceworks does great things for Eaton schools,” she said.

“Students who are prepared for school are more enthusiastic about coming to school and it helps them perform better,” said Jessica Wing (with backpack), Administrative Assistant of Operations, Eaton Community Schools.

United Way Sarah sorts socksLeft, Sarah Morrison of the Preble County branch of the United Way of Greater Dayton sorts socks to give to students. Below, Grace Lutheran Church volunteers help distribute school supplies. Volunteers from St. Paul/Crossroads United Methodist Church and Full Gospel Temple also helped with the event, which was held at First Church of God, Eaton. Information: Once Around ShopGrace Back to school table