LAYTON — Back-to-school shopping took on new meaning Friday as 130 students lined up at 6 a.m. in front of the Kohl’s department store to be treated to a shopping spree.
The students were awarded the gift by the Davis Education Foundation.
Parents know how costly it can be to purchase new clothes and shoes for their kids each year, in addition to a long list of school supplies and paying school fees. Each year, the Davis Education Foundation brings in enough funding from area businesses and community donors to help give some of their students an extra boost to start school.
This year, the foundation increased the amount given to each student to $125, up from $100 given in previous years.
Those invited to participate were chosen by their respective principals from schools in the Davis School District.
For one mom who was there with her two kids, it was a weight lifted off her shoulders.
“It is a privilege to be able to do this because it is expensive getting ready for school, and this helps us out tremendously,” said Jami Stackich, of Bountiful.
Before entering the store, the students were paired with an adult volunteer. The volunteers helped the students choose basic necessities like shoes, socks and clothes.
“If their basic needs are met, they can do better academically,” said Jodi Lunt, director of the the Davis Education Foundation. “School supplies can add up, so we try to take the edge off and start them out with a good foundation.”
Even more exciting for the foundation is seeing how the community comes together for the event. It had 150 volunteers this year, many of whom are district employees and have been coming for years.
“There are many in the community who want to help those in need, but can’t give monetarily, so they can come and give of their time here,” said Sherry Miggin, Davis Education Foundation coordinator.
Kellie Mudrow, assistant principal at Syracuse High School, was one of the volunteers helping a student pick out some clothes.
“There is nothing better than watching these kids feel good about themselves and get set up for a great school year,” said Mudrow.
Many of the students didn’t hesitate in choosing clothes they liked. Ten-year-old Chance Reed, of west Layton, could hardly wait to participate and asked his mom repeatedly throughout the summer about the event as it drew near.
“It was cool to pick whatever I wanted,” Chance said as his volunteer partner gave his new shoes, T-shirts, socks and shorts to the cashier. “I got to pick out more than I thought I would be able to.”
“In a world where people don’t think there is a lot right going on, something good happened for these kids today in Layton,” Lunt said.