Let’s start by understanding the level of poverty, even in our relatively prosperous country. With more than 1 in 5 students in Oregon living below the federal poverty level, we have a huge number of students whose families are balancing housing, food, healthcare, transportation and so much more with so very little. A sturdy backpack and necessary schools supplies can be out of reach for these families.
What many take for granted as a baseline for school readiness is simply not available to every child. With so many other barriers limiting school success for these students, it is heartbreaking that something as simple as a backpack and proper school supplies should stand in the way of a student feeling prepared for school.
We believe we can make a difference, one student at a time. Each backpack in the hands of a child means one more child, ready to succeed.