Montana Tech and Glacier Bank provide free school supplies to students

BUTTE, Mont. – Volunteers are providing free school supplies to public school parents in Butte Wednesday and Thursday.

All six Butte elementary schools are participating in the School Supplies for Success program.

Tam Nguyen just moved to Butte with her husband and two kids. She’s also a student at Montana Tech. She tells NBC Montana time and money have been limited for her as a young generation parent.

Montana Tech and Glacier Bank partnered this year to purchase 1,000 school supplies to give out to parents like Nguyen who need it most.

“It’s special with a student like me, I’m always having trouble with finance,” Nguyen said. “If society can help out a little bit for the young generation, it would be the best.”

All parents and students regardless of income level are welcome to get supplies by their local elementary school’s main office.

“I’m kind of a busy person and when they have everything in a one-stop shop like this, it’s very useful,” Nguyen said.

Pat Kissel, West Elementary School’s principal, says there’s a big need in Butte to help support low-income families.

“We know that there is a need. We have a very proud community where a lot of people won’t ask,” Kissel said.

Kissel’s biggest goal is making sure all kids are prepared for their first day of school.

Breauna Schara is one of those kids. She will be going into Kindergarten at West Elementary in a few weeks. She says she has a big school supply list.

“Pencils, markers, crayons, erasers, more pencils and markers,” she added.

School supplies can also be picked up Thursday at all Butte elementary schools from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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