Students are getting settled in to a new school year here in Nebraska City.  
Heading back to school involves the purchase of school supplies and that can stress the family budget.  
To help alleviate some of that stress, the Nebraska City Ministerial Association facilitates a backpack program where each family that requests it can receive a backpack with school supplies.  
The funds to make this program possible come from the Nebraska City chapter of the United Way.  
Each year, under the supervision of Deacon Dorothy Royal, hundreds of backpacks full of school supplies are given out to students of all ages.  
Unfortunately, each year some students are missed.  To aid in helping those families with students who didn’t receive a backpack but still have a need, the Ministerial Association, along with the residents of Riverview Terrace, took an additional step this year.
Sara Vesely, youth and family director at First Lutheran, working on behalf of the Ministerial Association contacted all Nebraska City schools.  
She asked that the teachers provide a list of school supplies still needed by students to start the new year.  
“It was imperative to get these supplies to the teachers because invariably if we do’'t help as a community, it falls on the teachers to provide the supplies and that’s just not acceptable,” said Vesely.
Vesely added that she received a huge response from the teachers.  The supplies ranged from pens, pencils notebooks to hygiene products.
The school supplies were delivered to all of the schools on Monday, Aug. 28.  
The Ministerial Association was very grateful to United Way for giving an additional grant to purchase the much needed supplies.  
The plan is to reach out to the schools before the start of the second semester to restock supplies.