Backpack Project seeking donations

G wen Schneider expects to have a record number of backpacks available for needy families this year, but she says The Backpack Project is going to need help to do that.

“It costs a lot to buy the backpacks and other items,” said Schneider, who along with Ann Schinski coordinates the project, which will be giving out backpacks and school supplies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at Granville High School. “We really need help this year. Even a donation of $10 will help.”

This is the sixth year of the home-grown project, and Schneider said the number of backpacks has grown every year. Last year, the group gave out 298 backpacks. This year, Schneider said, the project wants to have a minimum of 300 and is shooting for 350. In the first year, the group did not have enough backpacks for the families who wanted them, but it has in every year since.

“We don’t want to turn anyone away,” Schneider said. “I never realized it would get to the size it is, but we want to help everyone who needs it.”

The backpacks and supplies are available to all students, pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and are available to all students in the Granville District, as well as those from Wells and those who attend Mettawee Community School.

Parents who want to get backpacks do not need to give their names. All they have to do is give the gender and grade of the student.

Volunteers fill the backpacks, and while Schneider says the group has people doing that, it is also always looking for more volunteers.

Those who cannot donate before this year’s event can do it any time.

“We are always accepting donations,” Schneider said. “We shop all year long, because we buy on clearance to get the best deal.”

Donations can be sent to The Backpack Project, TD Bank, 6 Main St., Granville, NY, 12832. Those interested in volunteering or in donating supplies can call Schinski at 802-287-0094 or Schneider at 518-222-4968.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Weekender 08/29/14

Lakes Region Freepress 08/29/14

North Country Freepress – 08/29/14

Northshire Freepress 08/29/14

Preparations underway for school year in Granville

The 2013-14 school year begins Wednesday and ushers in some significant change within the Granville Central School District. The district […]

Students build community of trust

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school is easily one of the most difficult processes in an adolescent’s life, but […]

Village approves new parking law

Last Tuesday evening the Whitehall Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing to discuss a potential parking law, which […]

Changes abound as school year begins

With the school year starting next Thursday for Whitehall students, the district has gone through a transformation this summer, one […]

Test scores improve, but continue to lag behind

Granville students showed improvement in both math and English on the state tests but continue to lag behind their peers […]

Youth Center for sale

The Granville Police Benevolent Association has put its youth center up for sale. Sergeant Dave Williams said a lack of […]

Former resident dies in accident

A former Granville resident was killed Saturday night in a motor vehicle accident on I-87 in Albany. Matthew Fiske, 43, […]

Quarryman not returning

One of Main Street’s most well known residents has been missing for years and it doesn’t appear he will be […]