Local organizations have been hosting the Jump Back 2 School event for several years now. This was their 7th Annual Jump Back 2 School event. The event was originally spearheaded by Safeway along with other local non-profit organizations. On Saturday, July 13th 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 at 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 school. The school principals from the elementary 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 school year.
For several months, local organizations in Santa Cruz County met regularly 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. Many families today can’t afford to purchase basic school supplies. The high cost of living continues to increase making difficult for local families to purchase the supplies their kids need for the school year. Thanks to local caring organizations working together they are able to help those families in need. Local organizations know it is their social responsibility to give back. 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. it is estimated that the average median income for a family of 4 in Santa Cruz County is $ 29,710.
The Jump Back 2 School Planning Committee would like to thank the following local organizations for their continued support:
Nogales Unified School District
Santa Cruz County Office of Superintendent
Making Connections 4U
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
Nogales Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program
Peter Piper Pizza
Child & Family Resources
Jeong Lizardi PC