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Real Life helps with CV, GEMS school supplies; Community drive also assists students

Real Life Ministries has once again eased the burden of Grangeville parents — and will even extend that blessing to Kooskia-area parents this year. Last year the church (with services in Grangeville as well as on the Palouse) provided school supplies for Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

This year, Real Life will provide supplies for not only GEMS kindergarten through third grade students but also to Clearwater Valley Elementary School kindergarten through third graders.

“We have worked with Staples and they took the lists and made packets for each student – all 386 of them,” explained Real Life Grangeville campus coach Mark Perry. “They will deliver right to the school and we will place the ready-made packets on the desks of each student.”

Campus coach Trabor Cass added the ministry “wants to be a blessing to the community.”

“We want to meet the needs as best we can,” he said.

The gift has not gone unappreciated.

“We are very thankful for their gracious donation. What an awesome community we have,” said GEMS principal Alica Hotlhaus.

School supplies for these students will be passed out when school starts Wednesday, Aug. 27.

At GEMS the fourth through eighth grade classroom supply list has been posted on the school site. Log onto

Tuesday, Aug. 19, Community Action Partnership handed out school supplies to students who needed them. This followed a month-long community drive. Real Life worked with CAP so they could refer younger students to the free supplies if they attend GEMS or CVES, and give supplies to older students who also need them.

“A big thank you to Real Life Ministries and our community for your devotion to the education of our children,” said GEMS PTA president Aminta Bruzas. “So much more is possible because of you.”

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students can pick up their schedules Friday, Aug. 22. GEMS will host its kindergarten through fifth grade classroom visit time Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2-3 p.m. This is a time when children and their parents will be able to place their school supplies in their new desk and will meet their teacher for the year. In addition, Kids Klub will hold its registration Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1-3 p.m., at the Kids Klub in the junior high wing at GEMS.


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