|Owens delivers backpacks, supplies|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:20|
Owens Community College's Alumni Association in collaboration with two Books-A-Million Inc. locations, nine Directions Credit Union branches, two Great Lakes Credit Union branches and five Genoa Bank branches, have collaborated on a community service endeavor titled "Backpack to the Future." Five hundred twenty-nine backpacks and 8,130 school supply items collected throughout the summer months are being donated to 17 area elementary schools during the month of September.
Owens representatives delivered backpacks and supplies to benefit kindergarten students in Bowling Green, North Baltimore, Elmwood, Eastwood, Rossford, Northwood, Genoa and Woodmore school districts at Rossford's Glenwood Elementary School; plus items for five Toledo Public Schools-Old West End Academy, Samuel M. Jones at Gunckel Park, East Broadway, McTigue and Edgewater elementary schools-presented at Toledo Public Schools' Old West End Elementary School.
Over the past three months, "Backpack to the Future" accepted gently used or new backpacks and new school supplies from area residents to assist disadvantaged school children throughout Northwest Ohio. In addition to backpacks, individuals donated crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues.
The drive also collected over $3,433 from community members. The charitable donations will go toward the purchase of school supplies.
The Owens Alumni Association established "Backpack to the Future" supply drive in 2004 as a way to provide educational outreach to the surrounding communities. To date, the program has given over 3,410 backpacks and more than 62,370 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.
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