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  1. Church World Service Kits

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    Our Presbyterian Women will be collecting items for Church World Service School Kits in July. Our goal is 100 kits. Here are the items to fill a kit:

    • One pair of blunt scissors removed from the package (rounded tip, only)
    • Three 70-count bound notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
    • One 30-centimeter / 12” ruler
    • One hand-held pencil sharpener removed from the package
    • One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
    • Six new, unsharpened pencils with erasers removed from the package
    • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
    • One 12”x14” to 14”x17” finished size cotton or lightweight canvas bag (solid color or kid-friendly fabric) with cloth handles (no reusable shopping bags, backpacks, or bags with logos)


    School bag pattern can be found here:

    Our heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who helps support this program. People who have seen first-hand the distribution of school kits have heard over and over, “Thank you! This is just what we need!”

  2. Strong Kids, Strong City School Supply Drive Kick-off on July 1st!

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    Strong Kids, Strong City will collect school supplies and monetary donations from July 1 through August 6.

    • Bookbag
    • 24 count crayons
    • Container of Lysol or Clorox wipes
    • Pink Pearl erasers
    • Elmer’s Glue Sticks
    • Large boxes of tissues
    • #2 pencils with erasers (sharpened and yellow only please)
    • 4 x 6 post-it notes (any color)
    • 3 x 5 index cards
    • Black regular dry erase markers
    • Black fine point dry erase markers
    • Box of large ziplocs
    • Box of sandwich sized ziplocs
    • Standard set of watercolor paints
    • Pair of headphones or earbuds
    • 1 inch three-ring flexible binder

    Drop-off during the week can be done at the church office, located at 1007 Winthrop Ave. from Monday through Thursday from 9am until 12 noon and 1pm until 4pm.

    Drop-off is available on Sundays at the church located at 1015 Winthrop Ave. from 9am until 11 am.

    Here’s a little information on why West Pres Joliet is supporting Strong Kids, Strong City:

    Local elementary students at Pershing fill the classrooms with unique personalities and stories every day. A majority of the students are part of bilingual families and backgrounds, primarily Spanish-speaking homes. Pershing Elementary is a Title 1 school. Title 1 schools receive funds and financial assistance because our students come from low-income households. While 100% of the students receive free breakfast and lunch, the school does not get the funding to provide students with meaningful curriculum and supplies to enrich their learning. Despite this, students come to school and work their hardest everyday to learn and grow and enjoy hands-on learning experiences that help them understand concepts and ideas in math, science, literacy, and social studies. It is our firm belief that every child deserves a fair and equal education, but that is not always the case. Strong Kids, Strong City is working to provide all the necessary supplies needed to the students in order for them to participate in an engaging and rigorous school day.

    Mission statement:  Strong Kids, Strong City exists to work alongside Joliet students by equipping them with resources to positively impact our community.
    Additional info:
    Since their inception, local schools have been the backbone of communities all across the country. Strong Kids, Strong City recognizes that local schools are not only essential for education, but community building as well. Working alongside Joliet students to positively impact our community and make education a priority is the heartbeat of SKSC. 
  3. Flea Market

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    We will host our annual flea market on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Rain date is August 12, 2017.  Spaces can be rented for $30 and are 15′ x 15′. Prohibited sales items include guns, ammunition, ready-to-eat food, or adult materials. Set up begins after 6:00 a.m. the morning of the flea market. Please see the Special Events tab for more information.

    Flea Market 2017



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