Often, children who do not have the proper school supplies are too ashamed to admit it and end up falling behind. Students cannot do their best if they do have the right tools. With 23% of registered Calvert County Public School students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, it was clear to Children’s Aid, Inc. we have students, neighbors, who will start school without the proper school supplies. That’s the reason the Calvert County nonprofit started Operation Backpack in 2009. Their goal is to highlight the importance of education as well as help students approach the beginning of the school year with a greater sense of confidence and hope. To date, 284 Calvert County children have received a new backpack filled with school supplies through the program.
As Operation Backpack 2013 comes to a close, Children’s Aid, Inc. would like to take the opportunity to thank the members of the community who supported their school supply drive and the business owners who allowed collection boxes to be placed in their businesses.
Children’s Aid, Inc. would like to recognize Carl Thomas Zumstein of Boy Scout Troop #422 who choose Operation Backpack as his Eagle Scout Service Project. Thomas’ hard work resulted in the donation of 24 backpacks filled with supplies for elementary school students as well as a generous monetary donation that was used to purchase backpacks and supplies for an additional 40 Calvert County students. All told, 94 children received new backpacks, school supplies and a new fiction book through Operation Backpack. Additionally, 24 backpacks with school supplies were distributed among four area elementary schools.
The nonprofit would also like to acknowledge Lisa Gabriel with Calvert County Department of Social Services for her efforts in registering 35 students for Operation Backpack and coordinating the distribution of their backpacks and new books.
“Children’s Aid, Inc. is a family-run charity with no paid staff and we would not have been able to prepare and distribute 118 backpacks and supplies without help. We would like to extend a huge, heartfelt thank you to Gayle Haines, Christy Litka and Donny Clime for their speed and efficiency in packing backpacks on our distribution day. These awesome volunteers kept us from falling behind schedule and I don’t know what we would have done without them,” said Krista Brezina, Executive Director of Children’s Aid, Inc.