TUSCALOOSA CITY SCHOOLS OFFERING NEW WAY TO HELP STUDENTS IN NEED

A couple weeks ago, Tuscaloosa City Schools recently unveiled a new way to help students and their parents with costs and expenses throughout the school year.

They created an online giving portal on the school homepage called Neighborhood Bridges, allowing families to anonymously donate school books, snacks and hygiene products to other students who are unable to afford it.

Neighborhood Bridges is a 501c3 organization based out of Ohio. The program migrated to Alabama last year. Tuscaloosa City Schools is the 10th school system in the state to participate.

“We know that until we can make sure the students have their needs met, it’s going to be a little bit harder for teachers to teach when families and students are worrying about some of these significant needs they may have,” said Tuscaloosa City Schools Public Relations Coordinator Lesley Bruinton.

Families looking for help within Tuscaloosa City Schools can contact a social worker or counselor at their child’s school. Once approved, requests are posted on the Neighborhood Bridges online platform.

Anyone interested in donating can subscribe to the website page. There are two drop-off locations for physical donations: The Tuscaloosa City Schools main office on 21st Avenue and the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

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