Backpacks Given Away to Students

August 12, 2018

The start of a new school year is fast approaching, and summer school programs want to make sure kids get off to a fast start.

Wednesday, the Gifford Youth Achievement Center teamed up with Waste Management to provide more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies.

It’s a way to make sure the kids will be ready to learn come next month.

“We hear a lot about the ‘summer slide’ and what we’re doing here is avoiding that slide.  So what we’re doing is avoiding that slide and getting the students grade-ready," said Angelia Perry with the Gifford Youth Achievement Center.

“Got a notebook, pens pencils a pencil case, a highlighter, and the backpack," said fifth-grade student Kamari Davis.

The backpack giveaway also helps parents, since that’s one less thing they have to buy on their back-to-school checklist.


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We are thrilled to partner with Waste Management for the second year in a row. This donation event helps set our students up for success as they begin the new school year!

Executive Assistant at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Barbara Pearce