School Backpack Program Realizes Great Results

The annual School Supplies in a Backpack Program in Snohomish was another success thanks to our generous sponsors and community! This program, which is in its sixth year supports students in Kindergarten through 8th grade attending schools in the Snohomish School District, distributed 510 filled backpacks to students and schools.

The packs were distributed on Monday, August 29th, at the MAC Campus with the participation of volunteers from Windermere, Grainger and the Food Bank. The Snohomish Public Library, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and the Boys and Girls Club were on site to provide parents with information on their services.

This year, the donations were so kind, organizers were able to extend the offer of a free backpack with supplies (including a scientific calculator) to high schools students! Sponsors included Grainger, St. Johns Episcopal Church, Christ the King Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Craftsman Roofing and Construction, as well as many individuals who give of their time and funds.

“However, our stock is depleted for the 2011-2012 school year, so we are so grateful that the Zion Lutheran Church is holding a fundraiser to purchase backpacks at the clearance prices.  We will be able to restock backpacks needed in the future,” said Program Manager, Sue Koch.

The brunch will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 18th from 10:00am – 1:00pm. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, breakfast casserole, fruit, assorted pastries, bacon, sausage, ham, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The suggested donation is only $10.00 per person or $25.00 for a family of four. Come over after church and join your friends and neighbors for a fine meal in support of a worthy program. The Thrivent Lutheran Services has pledged a 50% match to all of the funds raised that day for this Backpack Program.

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