Elementary school children who may have started off the school year without new school supplies are in for a surprise.
Earlier this is month, the Rotary Club of Ashburn teamed up with Costco, Giant and other community sponsors for a back to school drive that would create 1,200 backpacks filled with supplies for lower income students. The Rotary Club gathered Aug. 10 to fill the backpacks and present them to Loudoun County Public Schools staff.
“It’s so important that we are prepared for school and we feel energized for the first days of school and not all kids get that,” LCPS Chief of Staff Michael Richards said. “This is happiness and joy for a lot of kids.”
The club’s original goal was to fill 1,000 backpacks. It surpassed that goal by 200 — doubling it’s production from last year’s drive. The club gathered 10,000 pounds of donated school supplies. Area Giants hosted the school supply drive and Costco donated the 1,200 backpacks. The supplies and backpacks were delivered to the LCPS Administrative Building by JK Moving and Road Runner Towing where volunteers from all over the county, of all ages, filled the packs.
Sixty Loudoun elementary schools will receive backpacks, Ashburn Rotary Club President Ken Courter said. LCPS identifies receiving students based on needs. Some backpacks will also go to Fairfax County students thanks to eight participating Giant stores in Fairfax County.
Courter also thanked community partner FVC Bank, and Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), School Board Vice Chairman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) and School Board Member Joy Maloney (Broad Run) for volunteering.
“What we did here today, I know it feels like we just packed backpacks, which is great, or we just gave donations from Costco, which is great, but what we really did today was empower kids to feel like every other kid in the classroom,” Randall said. “We’re actually, literally, positively affecting kids’ lives as we do this today.”