CWI Bookstore Raises Hundreds of Dollars’ Worth of School Supplies

Published: February 9, 2023

College of Western Idaho (CWI) Bookstore’s first school supply donation drive was a success! The CWI community donated nearly $800 worth of school supplies for Central Elementary School in Nampa.

The supply drive, which collected items throughout January, received various school supplies, such as dry-erase markers, #2 pencils, colored pencils, notebooks, binders, and more. Bookstore employees then stuffed the donated supplies into backpacks and hand delivered them to students at the elementary school on Friday, Feb. 3.

“What a privilege it was to watch student faces light up with excitement at the sight of brand-new school supplies,” said Central Elementary Principal, Ashleigh Loeber. “Central was honored to be chosen for such a generous donation.”

With it being the first time the bookstore put on a donation drive like this, CWI Bookstore Manager, Stephanie Walker, was not sure how much they would collect. She was delightfully surprised to see how giving students, faculty, and staff were.

“This was exciting to see how much we collected,” Walker said. “Many of the donations I saw were from students who are parents because they know how costly school supplies can be.”

Those who donated school supplies were also entered into a drawing to win an iPad, courtesy of the Bookstore. Occupational Therapy Assistant student, Kaila Boeck, was randomly chosen as the winner.

The Bookstore hopes to do a similar school supply drive for another Nampa area school in Fall 2023.

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