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Iowa school district says they’re buying the supplies for every student this year

HAMPTON, Iowa – Just bring a backpack and a smile.

That’s what one eastern Iowa school district is telling families. They say they’re providing all the basic school supplies this year for every student.

The Hampton-Dumont School District says they are doing this for preschool through 12th grade. They posted to Facebook about this yesterday, and in 24 hours, it’s gained a lot of attention.

Superintendent Todd Lettow says, “We just want to make this stress-free coming into school, so that everyone has that anxious, you know that smile, coming in for the first day.”

He says this is a district where there is a need. “55 to 60 percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch.” The school district is located in north central Iowa.

According to their website, the school district, “is comprised of approximately 1275 students in grades Pre-K through 12, drawing from the communities of Hampton, Dumont, Aredale, Bradford and Hansell.”

The superintendent says he doesn’t like it when some kids feel like they don’t have as much as others, so this can be a way of leveling the playing field for everyone.

The superintendent says the money for this will come from the school. Some area businesses and nonprofits are pitching in to help and donate as well.

The superintendent says he is also doing this at the CAL School District, which covers the towns of Alexander, Latimer, and Coulter.

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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