No more pencils…
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP – As another school year comes to an end, many students are once again putting their backpacks in storage or are discarding them entirely in anticipation of buying the newest fashion trend next fall.
Owens Community College’s Alumni Association is once again organizing a gently-used backpack drive to provide new life for what many students consider their mobile lifeline to learning.
The Alumni Association community service effort, “Backpack to the Future,” will accept new or gently-used backpacks and new school supplies from area residents throughout the summer months.
Items collected will be given to low-income elementary school children throughout Northwest Ohio.
“Owens Community College’s Alumni Association is proud to once again coordinate a program benefiting such a worthy cause,” said Kaye Koevenig, Owens community service chair of the Alumni Association. “There are many low-income families that can barely afford to pay their bills, and may not be able to provide their children with new supplies. Our goal is to ensure that such occurrences do not happen and that all children begin their school year with new educational resources.”
In addition to backpacks, crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, composition books and tissues will also be accepted.
Donations may be made at the Office of Alumni Relations on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.
Since establishing the program in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has given more than 1,150 backpacks and over 17,500 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.