Last night, goodness and gratitude surrounded all who went to the "Back To School Event" hosted by The Store Next Store and Montello Elementary School. The event took place at the Longley Parking lot on Birch Street in Lewiston.

Jamie Caouette, who is the leader of The Store Next Store made sure that each and every kid going back to school this year would be outfitted with supplies. No matter what financial status they are in they would be supported and have what they need for this new year.

The Store Next Store provides basic tangible goods, academic support, emotional support to students in the community. But they do so much more than that. This is a program that is vital to the community in connecting to children that are struggling with finances, houses, family problems, mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness.

Jamie and her colleagues work tirelessly to promote awareness on the homeless youth problem in Lewiston/Auburn and all throughout the state of Maine. They constantly strive to eliminate the homeless youth problem and will continue to help every student they can.

The event was a super success and looked to be hundreds of people giving, donating, and helping all of our children.

Jamie Caouette
Jamie Caouette via Facebook

They had face painting, henna, balloon animals, touch a truck, music, meeting of school staff from the district, and a BBQ.

But the most important part was the giving. They gave away backpacks, filled with school supplies to Lewiston public school children.

The Store Next Store will also have a table set up at the Great Falls Balloon Festival. You can find the schedule here. 

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