Op­er­a­tion Back­pack pro­vides 1,000th back­pack

The Calvert Recorder - - Community Forum -

Of­ten, chil­dren who do not have the proper school sup­plies are too ashamed to ad­mit it and end up fall­ing be­hind. Stu­dents can­not do their best if they do not have the right tools.

With 23 per­cent of reg­is­tered Calvert County Public Schools stu­dents qual­i­fy­ing for free or re­duced-price lunch, it was clear to Chil­dren’s Aid Inc. we have stu­dents, our neigh­bors, who would start school with­out the proper school sup­plies. That’s the rea­son the Calvert County non­profit started Op­er­a­tion Back­pack in 2009. The goal is to high­light the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion as well as help stu­dents ap­proach the be­gin­ning of the school year with a greater sense of con­fi­dence and hope.

This year’s ef­fort pro­vided new back­packs, school sup­plies and age-ap­pro­pri­ate books to 242 Calvert County stu­dents. To date, 1,043 Calvert County stu­dents have re­ceived school sup­plies and books from Op­er­a­tion Back­pack.

As Op­er­a­tion Back­pack 2017 comes to a close, Chil­dren’s Aid Inc. would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to thank the fol­low­ing: every­one who do­nated school sup­plies to our drive as well as all the busi­nesses who part­nered with us as col­lec­tion sites; Billy Saun­ders with Move­ment Mort­gage of Prince Fred­er­ick for or­ga­niz­ing a school sup­ply drive within the lo­cal real es­tate com­mu­nity; and the fol­low­ing busi­nesses/ com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions for their gen­er­ous do­na­tions: The HELP As­so­ci­a­tion Inc., Sneade’s Ace Home Cen­ter, Op­ti­mist Club of Calvert County (Prince Fred­er­ick), South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Qual­ity Built Homes Inc., Jet­more In­surance Group Inc. and Lusby Hard­ware.

Krista Brez­ina, Barstow The writer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Chil­dren’s Aid Inc.

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