Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stuffing backpacks for scholastic success

Thousands of Calgary students received the school supplies necessary for their scholastic success thanks to generous Calgarians through the Staples for Education program which celebrated its eighth year.

“We are so pleased that our goal of raising $95,000 for school supplies was exceeded this year,” says Carmen Marquez, a community social worker with The City.  “Thanks to the support of Calgarians the Staples for Education program was again able to provide enough backpacks and school supplies for more than 3, 000 children.”

Over the summer, Calgarians generously donated $96,581.15 for school-aged children who didn’t have the means to buy school supplies this year. The Staples for Education program believes that children need the right tools to succeed. Through work with community agencies, the program accepts requests for support from low-income Calgarians. Staples stores collect money and school supply donations to fill the need. Supplies are then lovingly packed by Staples staff, community agency partners and City of Calgary staff into backpacks which are provided to students at the beginning of the school year.

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