Why Backpacks?

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You may ask, “What is so important about a backpack?”

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.