National Guard program eases school costs for members

School is back in session later this month

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some Western Massachusetts military families have been spared a substantial back-to-school expense. 22News found out about the National Guard program that’s providing children with free school supplies.

At the Springfield National Guard Armory on Roosevelt Avenue, families came looking for school supplies. The children found just what they were looking for in order to be organized for the start of school later this month, just after Labor Day.

Brenden Buckheld, who attends Wilbraham Middle School said, “We were looking for calculators and lots of pencils and stuff.”

Another student, Faith Lapointe of Agawam Middle School said, “I am in middle school. I’m going into middle school again, so I’m kind of looking for a lot of notebooks that look like this, to be better organized.”

Faith’s dad, Ray Lapointe, is a member of the National Guard. Having to get school supplies for his three children can be quite an expense that really adds up. He told 22News, “It’s expensive, it’s definitely expensive, so it’s good for us.”

Operation Homefront Northeast continued to provide the school supply donations to these Western Massachusetts military families. The Massachusetts National Guard’s family assistance program has bought enough school supplies for several giveaway events across the state this weekend.

It’s something the National Guard does every year to ease the financial burdens faced by many of their men and women who might need this help.

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