Members of Anoka-Hennepin School District, Faith and Community Partnership assist with Champlin Park locker clean out

Items will be used for Aug. 6 ‘Back to School’ event

Members of the Anoka-Hennepin School District, Faith and Community Partnership working with Champlin Park High School (CPHS) joined staff the last day of school for the annual locker clean out. The event was coordinated by Amy Harnack, a CPHS counselor.

Members of Champlin United Methodist Church, Riverway Church, Family of God, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, as well as volunteers from Target, separated school supplies, clothing and other items left in lockers. Gently used school supplies and clothing will be given away at the school’s second "Back to School" event planned for Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to receiving school supplies and clothing at the Back to School event, students can get free haircuts and health and wellness check ups. The event is open to all families in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. It was so popular last year that a second site has been added at Coon Rapids High School (CHRS) the same day at the same time.

Geri Nelson, a member of Champlin United Methodist Church, took part in cleaning out the lockers. The church has been very supportive of CPHS through the Anoka-Hennepin School District, Faith and Community Partnership.

"We are 100 percent behind it," Nelson said. "It’s great to see the whole community pulling together to help kids."

Members of the Partnership will launder the clothing collected during the locker clean out as well as items left in lost and found. Harnack said CPHS staff will wash whatever items Partnership members are unable to take.

Also donating to the Aug. 6 event were Evergreen Park World Studies Program, which provided clothing items from the lost and found, and the Oxbow Creek Elementary School Building Green Team, which collected gently used school supplies.

Missy Monson, an administrative intern who heads the Building Green Team, said all classrooms had boxes for school supplies and many items were in good condition.

"This was a great opportunity for Oxbow Creek families to give to our local community," Monson said.

Donations are being accepted from the community for the Back to School events. For more information about the event at CPHS, contact Harnack at 763-506-6825. For information about the event at CRHS, contact Russ Sullivan at 763-506-7100.