While school is winding for the year, Rise is already thinking about how to get kids ready for going back to school in the fall. Busy collecting backpacks and school supplies for low-income children in the community, Rise is hosting its ninth annual Backpack Drive.
“Rise – A Community Service Partnership provides assistance to hundreds of local individuals and families,” said Maria Cunningham, Rise volunteer event coordinator. “We’re getting ready for our 2017 RISE HAS GOT YOUR BACKpack Drive.
“Last year, 592 local students started the school year with new backpacks and supplies,” she said. “Our goal this year is to provide 600 new backpacks to students.” According to Ms. Cunningham, Rise will fill the backpacks with supplies, including pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, erasers, crayons, glue sticks, highlighters, dry erase markers, water bottles and insulated lunch bags.
“We also always welcome gift cards,” said Ms. Cunningham. She said that she is hoping that the community and local businesses would like to get involved with their RISE HAS GOT YOUR BACKpack Drive again this year.
“We appreciate any contribution you can make,” she said. “We look forward to hearing from you and hope that Rise can count on you.”
Thanks to all the individual, corporate and community partners who are making a difference in a child’s first day of school.