It less then a month, our kids, at least in our school district, will be back to school! I’ve been picking up school supplies for my youngest for the last month. I do a little each time so it doesn’t hit us all at once.
As a Mom, I always try to make sure our kids have everything they need to be success in school. However, for so many families, due to a variety of circumstances, they aren’t able to do that.
When I heard about the Office Depot Foundation and how they are giving back to the community, I couldn’t wait to share this program with you.
Since 2001, the Office Depot Foundation has donated more than 4 million Sackpacks to kids around the world. 2017 marks the foundation’s 17th year of the National Backpack Program. This year, they will be donating 100,000 new Sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, agencies, and schools across the US and the world!
“It is our mission to make sure that every child has the right tools to achieve success in school,” said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. “School is challenging enough on its own, and when you’re unable to come prepared with the basic essentials for learning, it’s nearly impossible. We want to give every kid a fair chance.”
Here is some more information about the Sackpacks:
To make sure the children receive the Sackpacks, the foundation is hosting several Back-to-School celebrations across the US in July and August. In addition to donating Sackpacks to children who need them most, the Foundation is highlighting the importance of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs in our nation’s schools. To encourage kids to explore these important curriculums, the Foundation has partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot, who will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago.
Thousands more Sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with Food For The Poor, Feed the Children, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the AARP Foundation.
The specially designed, drawstring-style Sackpacks come in seven bright and fun colors. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.
More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.