Operation Backpack provides 1,000th backpack
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.