A staff member helps a student put on his backpack at STAR Eco Station Tutoring & Enrichment Center in Culver City, California, on September 10, 2020. (Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images)
A nonprofit organization in Orange County that donates backpacks to needy children says it aims to nearly double its contributions for the coming school year.
Community Action Partnership (CAP OC) has announced its hope to “provide supplies to more students than ever” by giving away 5,000 backpacks to low-income students for the 2021-2022 school year.
“No student should go to school and worry that they do not have the necessities,” CAP OC said in a statement. “We want to make sure they are prepared to learn to go back to school.”
In recent yearsThe goal of the nonprofit Backpacks for Success program was to provide 2,000 to 3,000 fully equipped backpacks to children in need. As students from low-income families prepare to move on to personal learning again this fall, CAP OC aims to increase its contributions to meet the growing demand.
“The consequences of the pandemic are lasting, and many students in Orange County may not have the necessities they need for school,” the nonprofit said.
It added that the past year has been ‘unpredictable’, but that students and young people ‘continued to demonstrate their resilience’ by first adapting to virtual learning and then preparing to go back to school in person.
Backpacks for Success has been supporting K-12 students in Orange County for 15 years and provides backpacks with basic school supplies, including paper, pens, notebooks and folders.
CAP OC noted that more than 37,000 families with children live below the California poverty line. In addition, some parents’ $ 1 billion unpaid energy bills struggled to provide the necessary materials for the school.
One donation of $ 20 can provide a student’s backpack that is full of supplies. To donate and support the cause of the non-profit organization, visit: Capoc.org/backpacks/