19. July 2012 14:54
Nancy Wykle, director of DSS Volunteer Programs with the Volunteer Center of Durham, said it best in the Herald-Sun guest column “Backpacks for Kids provides crucial help to students” when describing children who receive school supplies from the Backpacks for Kids program:
“We owe it to these kids and to ourselves to help level the playing field. Every child deserves to walk through the school door on the first day feeling like they have the basic tools to succeed in the coming school year.”
This year, more than 400 DPS and charter school students have been referred to the Backpacks for Kids program, meaning their families face significant obstacles to equipping them with basic learning tools – things like pens, pencils, notebooks and a backpack.
That is 100 more children than were identified during last year’s Back to School Supply Drive.
The Backpacks for Kids program provides school supplies and backpacks for about $20 per student to these children, but because of growing needs, will only be able to meet that demand with private donations from the community.
This is a unique opportunity to reach out to children in need and benefit the entire community. Research shows that children who grow up in poverty are more likely as adults to have low earnings, engage in criminal activity, and develop chronic health problems later in life.
If you wish to contribute to this program, visit www.thevolunteercenter.org or call (919) 681-1835 to make a donation or for additional information. Donations need to be made soon. Backpacks and school supplies must be ordered by July 25th.
Check out the Backpacks for Kids page here.