With summer break nearing an end, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is hosting a new and used school uniform drive to help offset parents’ costs of enrolling their children in the new school year.
“As a mother of an elementary school-aged child, I understand that there are many costs associated with the new school year, including books, supplies and new clothes, which can be burdensome for some families,” Wallace said. “Many Rockford schools now require uniforms, so if your child has outgrown their uniform, this is a great way to recycle it, putting it to good use and allowing another family to save on costs.”
Wallace’s office will be accepting new and gently used Rockford Public School District 205 uniforms and shoes throughout the month of August. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, she will collect donations at her booth at the Black Family Reunion at Ellis Arts Academy, 1401 W. State St., Rockford.
Wallace’s office will continue her school uniform drive the following week, accepting items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Monday, Aug. 18, to Friday, Aug. 22, on the main floor of the Zeke Giorgi State of Illinois Building, at 200 S. Wyman St., Rockford.
“This is a great way to support each other in our community, and teach children a valuable lesson in sharing and giving to others,” Wallace said. “I’m wishing all students and RPS staff a wonderful school year.”
Wallace’s office will distribute donated items to the appropriate schools. For more information, contact Wallace’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 987-7433.
Posted Aug. 12, 2014