"It's our commitment to make sure every student in Camden County gets a great start for school," notes Child Advocacy Council member and coordinator for the Back to School Fair, Martha Driskel.

"It's our commitment to make sure every student in Camden County gets a great start for school," notes Child Advocacy Council member and coordinator for the Back to School Fair, Martha Driskel.   

 Martha and the other members of the Council work for months in advance to ensure that enough school supplies have been purchased and then packed, that dates are freed up, and that parents and schools are notified by the end of the preceding school year.

This year was no exception. So far, 509 students have received vouchers for socks and underwear from the Council and 522 students have received school supplies from the Council.     Community partners always add to the value of the Back to School Fair by providing more school supplies, shampoos and hygiene products and invaluable information. The information ranges from health, medical care, mental health, domestic violence and child abuse. The partners are extremely committed to making this a great start for students.  

The Boy and Girl Scouts of the county and other students were helpful in every way that the Council requested of them. 

If someone did not get an opportunity to go to the Back to School Fair, contact Seola Sheppard at (573)280-0264 and she will meet them at the Council's Thrift Store at 77 Dawson Street in Camdenton. Students from the outlying schools of Camden County also receive school supplies but if persons from Climax Springs, Macks Creek or Stoutland were unable to retrieve school supplies because of transportation problems, please call Seola at the number listed above or Monica at the Thrift Store at 346-0003.  

Child Advocacy Council wishes to thank all those who participated.