Northwest NEWS

September 23, 2002

School

Backpacks for Kids supplies 270 Northshore students

Thanks to the generous spirit and support of the Northshore community, the 2002 Backpacks for Kids drive was a huge success.
   Collection boxes at drop-off sites at over 28 locations throughout the community were filled over and over again with backpacks, binders, pencils, rulers, glue, and other necessary school supplies.
   Checks totaling over $900 were also contributed to the Backpacks Project.
   Youngsters from local Brownie troops and church youth groups sorted, counted, organized, and stuffed the backpacks in record time.
   Throughout the Northshore School District, more than 270 backpacks were prepared and distributed to students in need, enabling them to start the school year with the necessary supplies.
   Heartfelt "thank you's" and many "wow's" and "cool's" were heard from enthusiastic recipients.
   This year's drive netted 133 more backpacks than last year, more than double last year's total.
   "We were overwhelmed by the generosity of all who supported this effort," commented Jan Graves, Manager of Community and Business Partnerships.
   Cash donations are still being accepted by the Northshore Public Education Foundation to fill future needs for school supplies.