By David Daggett

It is hard to believe that it is back-to-school season already – but August is upon us! Getting students off to a good start at the first of the school year is immeasurably important in their young lives. Studies show that children who have the supplies that they need at the beginning of the school year tend to have better attendance throughout the year and feel more connected to their learning experience in the classroom.

But, as all families know, the back-to-school season can be an expensive one! Did you know that in 2018 households could expect to spend $510 on back-to-school shopping? It can feel impossible to purchase, and fill, a backpack for a young student.

Studies show that the start of the school year can be a critical point in a child’s life – if they feel behind and start behind, they stay behind. For life! Thanks to the leadership of Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson, her team of officers, and our Daggett Shuler team, we are getting some at-risk kids off to the right start!!

In just a few weeks, for the fifth year in a row, Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law will once again partner with the Winston-Salem Police Department for our Back-to-School Backpack Program. This initiative gets backpacks stuffed with everything an elementary-aged student needs to succeed into the hands of school administrators at five Winston-Salem/Forsyth County elementary schools. The administrators, guidance counselors and teachers at these schools identify the students most in need and make sure that they receive a backpack filled with supplies to help them succeed during the upcoming year.

Since the beginning of the program, Daggett Shuler has created a tradition of gathering with officers from the Winston-Salem Police Department to fill these backpacks with school supplies. We pack them with pencils, rulers, glue sticks, notebooks, 2-pocket folders, paper and crayons. While we work on this project, our staff and the officers inevitably reminisce about our own school experiences.

Fresh pencils, packs of brand-new crayons and blank notebooks hold the same promise that these held for us in the past, and for the students that will receive them in the future. Indeed, a good start can change a life forever.