As we’ve been telling you, several thousand families in Michiana can't afford backpacks and supplies for their children to start off the school year.
But, with the help of the community and WNDU, they'll be on their way to success!
Nights of eating snacks and watching television after dinner are numbered at the Easton house.
Now, mom and four of her five kids are getting ready to focus on the new school year.
LaQuann Easton says, “They were ready to go shopping now and I said we don't have money right now, so we're going to have to wait.
Me, i'm a single parent and it's hard for me to do this with four of my kids.”
Then, she heard about pack a backpack and told them.
Easton says, “They were ecstatic!”
Her oldest daughter,12 year-old Shaquaechia, who wants to be a pediatrician says it hasn't been easy striving towards her goal without a full backpack.
She says, “Sometimes we have to borrow from others and the teacher and I want to have my own stuff.”
Just like kids need their school supplies to be successful students, broadcasters need their microphones to report or you're not going to hear us very well. Even the Superintendent of South Bend Schools, Robert Zimmerman, admits he needs his tools or else he's set up for failure.
Zimmerman says, “I need teachers in the classroom, I need a building where I can meet with the teachers..”
And if he didn't?
He says, “You get discouraged and just want to quit.”
Zimmerman says it's of course the same situation for children.
If we don't get kids like Shaquaechia's five year-old brother, Michael started on the right foot from day one in school there could be a lot of bumps in the road.
Zimmerman says, “They're hesitant and tend to look down a lot and aren't focused. Even at five and six years old kids know what it means to feel good about yourself and bad about yourself.”
I asked Michael, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
He said with enthusiasm, “A doctor.”
Michael's mom says with a full backpack in kindergarten, she's confident you are looking at the future Doctor Easton.