First Day Project in Iowa QC

August  02, 2013

     With the new school year starting soon, residents of the Iowa Quad Cities can help make sure all students have the supplies they need. The First Day Project will hold its annual school supply drive Saturday. Dawn Saul, from the Davenport School District, says postal carriers will pick up donations on their delivery routes, then volunteers will sort them, and box them for each school.

     "So that way when kids say 'I don't have what I need,' whether it's an entire backpack full of supplies or whether it's one or two items that they're missing, we can help serve that need."

     Donations will be collected in Davenport, Bettendorf, Blue Grass, Buffalo, LeClaire, Moscow, Pleasant Valley, Walcott, and Wilton.

     Saul says one key reason for the success of the First Day Project is participation by local retailers and organizations such as the Salvation Army. 

     "And they handled the Stuff the Bus events at four Quad Cities Walmarts on the Saturday of Bix weekend. They collected more than 40,000 pieces of school supply items for donation to Quad City schools."

     Since the First Day Project began about 17 years ago, she estimates more than 200,000 students have received school supplies. Collection day for the Illinois Quad Cities was held on July 20th.