On Saturday, July 14th the day started early for several families and students in anticipation for the Jump Back 2 School event. Families and students waited patiently outside the cafeteria as early as 7:00 a.m. Meanwhile, inside the gymnasium, local organizations were setting up their tables and school supplies. The cafeteria doors opened at 9:00 a.m. NUSD staff let families know they would start calling out students by the school. The school principals from the elementary and middle school greeted their students. Each of the school principals helped to register students, so they could participate in the back to school event. Students who participated in the event received school supplies, uniforms, and a bag of lunch on their way out. The ultimate goal of this event is to help prepare students for a successful new school year.
Building healthy communities start with everyone helping out. It is about social responsibility. A healthy community benefits everyone.“It takes a village to raise a child,” if we want our younger generations to succeed then we have to empower them.
For several months, local organizations in Santa Cruz County have been meeting monthly to help plan for the Jump Back 2 School event. It is an opportunity for local organizations and community leaders to work together to help local families struggling to make ends meet. The high cost of living continues to increase making difficult for local families to purchase the supplies their kids need for school. Thanks to local organizations working together they are able to help families in needs. It is estimated that the average family spends approximately $400.00 dollars in back to school supplies but not all families can afford such an expense especially if they have more than one child.
In Santa Cruz County, it is estimated that the average median income of a family of 4 is $ 29,710. Local organizations have been hosting the Jump Back 2 School event for several years now. This was their 6th Annual Jump Back 2 School event. The event was originally spearheaded by Safeway along with other local non-profit organizations.
The Jump Back 2 School Planning Committee would like to thank the following local organizations for their continued support:
Making Connections 4U
Nogales Unified School District
Santa Cruz County Office of Superintendent
NUSD Title 1
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Nogales Fire Department
The City of Nogales
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Santa Cruz County Recorder’s Office
Peter Piper Pizza
UniSource Energy Services
Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors
Border Eco Magazine
First Things First
Nogales Mexican Consulate/Consulado de Mexico
U of A South
Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College
Community Health Associates
Mariposa Community Health Center
Circles Of Peace
Boys and Girls Club
United Way of Santa Cruz County
Pinal Hispanic Council Behavioral Health Services
Hector & Alexa Ramirez
Hall of Fame
Arizona Minerals Inc.