Backpack Project is Saturday

B y Derek Liebig

Ann Schinski hopes The Backpack Project sets another record this year.

“Last year we provided 311 backpacks to local students,” said Schinski, who along with Gwen Schneider coordinates the project, which will provide backpacks to and school supplies to local children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Granville High School.

This is the seventh year of the home-grown charity and Schinski said it continues to grow every year. The 311 backpacks that were given out last year were the most in the event’s history and organizers expect to give out even more this year. Not too bad when you consider that the first year organizers ran out of backpacks.

“That first year we had 50 backpacks and we ran out in 45 minutes. We decided after that we would never run out again,” Schinski said.

Schinski said the project was borne from a conversation she had with a co-worker.

“Someone at work was talking about the cost of putting together a backpack and I remember sitting at church one day when the idea kind of came to me and it just went from there,” she said.

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

The backpacks and supplies are purchased using donations from local businesses, organizations and individual donors.

“Every dollar donated goes directly to the costs of supplies and backpacks,” Schinski said.

Parents who want to get their child a backpack do not have to provide their name or disclose any financial information. All they have to do is give their child’s gender and grade.

Volunteers will gather Friday evening to fill and sort the backpacks and anyone who would like to help is encouraged to contact Schinski or Schneider.

Donations are accepted throughout the year and can be sent to “The Backpack Project,” TD Bank, 6 Main Street, Granville, NY 12832.

Schneider can be reached at 642-3469 and Schinski at 802-287-2787.

 

 

Comments

comments

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

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Skene Manor opens for season Saturday

SkeneManor-20100512006-Featured

By Matthew Saari For many people spring heralds longer days, chirping birds, greener trees and warmer temperatures. For Whitehallers, it […]

Earth Day activities throughout the region

clean up (1)

By Serena Kovalosky Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and locals are bringing their gloves, rakes and community spirit to […]

Granville raises tuition for Vermont students

20180417_073942

By Krystle S. Morey The Granville Board of Education, after considering the loss of designation and other changes in Vermont […]

Whitehall teen charged for ‘terroristic threat’

threat

By Matthew Saari State Police arrested a 14-year-old Whitehall student last week, charging him with making a “terroristic threat,” a […]

518 Wheels – 04/19/18

518 Wheels 4-20-18.pdf-web.pdf

North Country Freepress – 04/13/18

FreePress_4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Region Freepress – 04/13/18

Lakes_4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

Northshire Freepress – 04/13/18

Northshire_4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 04/12/18

518 Wheels 4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

No tax hike: Village to tap into reserves for budget

municipal close

By Matthew Saari In an effort to keep the tax rate flat, the Whitehall Village Board has decided to dip […]

Demolition done, new store to rise

stew

By Krystle S. Morey Demolition of three homes on Quaker Street to make room for a new Stewart’s Shops store […]

RV Dealer eyes Hampton site

HAMPTON RV2

By Matthew Saari   A Vermont-based recreational vehicle dealership is planning on setting up shop in Hampton. Brandon RV of […]