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According to the National Retail Federation, the average family does. They estimate that at the beginning of the school year, the average family spends more than $600 on children's clothing, back to school supplies, and electronics. School supplies account for approximately $90 of this total and clothes around $230. This year as many families deal with concerns over the economy's slow recovery, the National Retail Federation estimates that parents will be spending less. This got me thinking, if the average family feels stressed by back to school expenses and finds it necessary to spend over $300 per year on back to school goods, this time must be quite a struggle for students whose parents have a less than average income.

In Spotsylvania County approximately 11% of children under the age of 18 live below the Federal Poverty Line. There are approximately 23,000 students who attend Spotsylvania County Public Schools according to county data. This means that it is very likely that around 2,500 students in our county will have to go without basic school supplies this year. Probably more if you take into consideration that the federal poverty guideline for a family of four for 2013 is $23,550, and that many families who make a little more than this still may not be able to buy all of the school supplies required for each child at the beginning of a new school year.

Want to help? Parrish Learning Zone in conjunction with Spotsylvania County Schools and Century 21 Adventure Redwood are currently holding a Stuff the Bus School Supplies Drive to benefit students across Spotsylvania County. The supplies will be distributed through the Spotsylvania County Schools Treasure House which served nearly 700 homeless students and over 2000 students and family members last year. Place your school supplies donation in the collection box at Parrish Learning Zone, Century 21 Adventure Redwood, Snow Library, Giant at Harrison Crossing, the Treasure House (located behind Massaponax High School), or the Southpoint Walmart. Attend our Stuff the Bus event on this Saturday August 17th to donate school supplies to needy children, hang out with Buzzy and the B-Crew from B 101.5, and help us fill an entire bus with supplies for those in need!
     What: Stuff the Bus School Supplies Drive


     When: Saturday August 17th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

     Where: Southpoint WalMart 10001 Southpoint Pkwy



-Nina Parrish, M.Ed.

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About Nina

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Nina Parrish graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Following graduation from the University of Mary Washington, she received the Project PISCES scholarship to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she completed her certification in Special Education for K-12 students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional disturbance. After obtaining her license, Nina earned a Master's Degree in Education for School Counseling in grades Pre K-12 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nina taught in the public schools in North Carolina and Virginia for 7 years. Nina currently owns, Parrish Learning Zone, a K-12 local tutoring service with her husband Jay, who is also a teacher. They live in Spotsylvania with their daughter.


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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.


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