Backpack Project Saturday at H.S.

A n annual charitable endeavor that benefitted more than 300 local students last year will be held this Saturday.
The annual Backpack Project, which provides backpacks and school supplies to local children, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Granville High School.
This is the eighth year of the home-grown charity and organizer Ann Schinski said it continues to grow every year. Last year, 331 backpacks were given to children, the most ever distributed in the event’s history and organizers expect to give out as many, if not more, this year. The growth of the event has remarkable, considering the first year organizers ran out of backpacks.
“The 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.
The idea for the event was borne from a conversation Schinski had with a co-worker shortly after the death of her husband, Steve, in 2006.
“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 event is held in Steve’s memory.
The backpack and supplies are available to all students, pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, in the Granville Central 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 and organizations as well as 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 to evening to fill and sort the backpacks and anyone who would like to help is encouraged to call 802-287-2787, 642-1507 or 642-2073.
Monetary donations are accepted throughout the year and can be sent to “The Backpack Project,” TD Bank, 6 Main Street, Granville, NY 12832.

 

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