Mona Chandler, CASA of Curry County, program director, and Rogue Credit Union

To Curry County residents: While there might be a little groaning about the return of homework and math tests, most kids can’t help getting excited about the return to school. Heading back to school means new teachers, new classes, and for a lot of kids, new clothes.

However, for some kids the return to school is cause for worry and embarrassment.There are children in Curry County’s foster care system who won’t have any new clothes for school and who barely have clothes at all. There are children who own a single set of clothing to be worn to school every day. There are kids wearing shoes that are sizes too small and jeans that have been long outgrown. Some children don’t have clothes to protect them from the wind or rain that are so much a part of winter in Curry County. Budgets are tight for everyone, businesses and families, but despite tough economic times we don’t want to ignore kids going without.

There are organizations that take clothes and shoes to third-world countries, a very worthy cause, but what about our kids here in Curry County? School can be difficult for any child and they need all the help they can get.

As a community we have an opportunity to help a group of kids in Curry County feel comfortable, confident and happy when they go back to their classrooms in September.

Through our Attire to Inspire program, we’re asking for new clothes for these kids. This is a problem that CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Curry County and Rogue Credit Union want to help solve and we are asking for your help!

Go to your local Rogue Credit Union and pick up an Attire to Inspire tag with the child’s sizes and likes. Purchase the items and return them to the Rogue Credit Union with the tag — it’s that simple!

The Attire to Inspire program ends Aug. 28. If you choose to make a financial contribution instead of choosing a tag, feel free to leave it at the credit union or call 541-698-8086.

All Rogue Credit Unions from Port Orford to Harbor will carry the tags.