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 TrueNorth Community Services' Tools for School has applications out for 2020.

Tools for School provides students from qualifying families with new backpacks filled with essential school supplies. The applications are available online and are also being distributed through public schools across Newaygo County, with an application deadline of July 22.

“We want every student to have a great start to school this fall by providing the resources kids need to achieve success,” said Mike Voyt, Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator for TrueNorth. “We are expecting to again serve more than 1,000 Newaygo County students this year.”

To participate in Tools for School, students must be enrolled in a Newaygo County school in kindergarten through 12th grades for the 2020-2021 academic year or they must reside in Newaygo County in fall 2020.

Tools for School’s 17th annual distribution is scheduled for early August at the TrueNorth Service Center, 6308 South Warner Avenue in Fremont. Families are to be notified via mail regarding their application status. The program’s sponsors are ChoiceOne Bank, The Gerber Foundation, and the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

The Tools for School application can be filled out online at

Print applications are available through Fremont Public Schools, Grant Public Schools, Hesperia Community Schools, and White Cloud Public Schools. The applications must be turned in or mailed to TrueNorth; emailed to; or faxed to TrueNorth at (231) 924-5594.


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