By Scott Bolthouse
Kelsey Wogaman, a third grade student who attends Brown Elementary in New Boston, proved recently that today’s youth can have a profound impact within the community that they live, and that the size and compassion in one’s heart outweighs their stature.
According to her mom, Tiffany, Kelsey collected about 60 backpacks and over $400 for those in the community that are having trouble affording required school supplies.
“Recently Kelsey found out that not all kids are fortunate enough to come back to school with the supplies they need, so she started a backpack drive,” said Wogaman.
“Her goal was 100 backpacks and supplies. She has 60 backpacks and raised over $400 dollars in donations.”
Wogaman said that Kelsey only had about 14 days to collect the backpacks and money, and that next year she has even bigger plans.
“Her goal next year is to start earlier and being able to reach 150 backpacks and supplies,” she said.
“I couldn’t be more proud than I am already am of her.”
The struggle for parents to keep up with the cost of school supplies and extracurricular activities is felt both locally and nationwide.
According to Huntington Bank, who has tracked classroom supply and school costs passed on to parents since 2007, parents can expect to pay, per child, for the 2016/17 school year: $659 for elementary school children, a 1.5 percent increase compared to 2015, $957 for middle school children, a 1.6 percent increase compared to 2015, and $1,498 for high school students, a 6.8 percent increase compared to 2015.
All of the donated items and money collected by Kelsey were dropped off to the Huron Good Fellows and the Willow United Methodist Church, to distribute to those in need in the Huron School District.