|Owens helps children by collecting backpacks|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 01 June 2013 08:43|
As another school year comes to an end, many students are once again placing their backpacks in storage or are discarding them entirely in anticipation of buying next fall's latest fashion trend. Owens Community College's Alumni Association has taken the initiative of once again organizing a gently-used backpack drive to provide new life for what many students consider their mobile lifeline to learning.
The community service endeavor, titled "Backpack to the Future," is currently accepting gently-used or new backpacks and new school supplies from area residents during the summer months. Items collected, as part of the "Backpack to the Future" program, will be given to low-income elementary school children throughout Northwest Ohio.
In addition to the gently-used backpacks and new backpacks, individuals can donate crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues. Area residents can bring their charitable donations to the Office of Alumni Relations on the main campus in Perrysburg Township and the Education Center Atrium on the Findlay-area Campus in Findlay.
Since establishing the program in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has given 2,881 backpacks and 54,243 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.
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