Reading, writing and arithmetic - the foundations of a good education. But learning can be nearly impossible with out a few basic supplies.
“Colored pencils, glue, scissors, paper, a binder, a new binder,” says 13-year-old Devyn.
7-year-old Liara adds, ”A journal, pencils, a sharpener.”
Sandy Isham of Volunteers of America is collecting backpacks - brand new backpacks and school supplies for homeless children. There are 3,000 homeless children who live and attend school in Washoe County. Three-thousand young boys and girls who want to succeed just like their school mates.
“I would probably do terrible, because if I didn't have coloring supplies, I might fail in art,” says 11-year-old Nick.
But their families can't always afford the supplies they need.
“It eases my mind on how am I gonna get his backpack, how am I gonna get his school supplies,” says mother Brandi.
“We want the children, the homeless children in our community to have that feeling, that to know that their community cares for them, that they matter and that they can be successful.”
The kids we spoke with told us they really like school. Nick says he loves a challenge - especially math. “Because it always works your mind and makes you have to think harder.”
Volunteers of America will be accepting donations until the end of July - when they'll be handed over to the kids so they can be ready for school.
If you'd like to help with Operation Backpack, donations are being accepted at about a dozen locations in Reno and Sparks.
This Saturday, RE/MAX employees will be at Walmart in Spanish Springs from 10am - 2pm, collecting supplies.