EUGENE, Ore. -- Students are in back-to-school mode in our community preparing for a school year that will look different than years past, and some families could use some extra help financially.
Local activist group Black Unity hosted an event where community members had the chance to pick up free school supplies for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Dinner was also provided.
Claire Reyna is the Events Coordinator for Black Unity.
"Our youth are our future," Reyna said. "It's important that when we say we care about them that we are putting action behind those words. Right now, we have COVID-19 going on, which means there's a lot of distance learning going on. With that, they're not getting a lot of one-on-one help."
Tutoring sessions will kick off next week over Zoom, but families had the chance to sign up for a session at Friday’s event. The tutoring will be conducted every Friday. Reyna said that retired teachers in the community have also stepped up to offer help.
"We're trying to offer this as a safe space, where kids can come and complete an assignment start to finish and really feel empowered and feel that they can do this," Reyna said.
Mask use was enforced at the event, which was held at First Congregational United Church in Eugene from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
The group spent over $800 on supplies, and many community members pitched in to drop off items. The leftover items will be given out to organizations that help youth, as well as school districts that can connect the supplies to students in need.