Your generous gift will directly impact the confidence of young kids as they head back to school this fall.
Your financial kindness will be put to work in providing new school backpacks filled with the essential supplies needed for success in school. A new backpack filled with educational resources is a simple gift. However, this gift will be with these children each and every day of this upcoming school year.
The students you support will be filled with confidence as they go to school with a brand new backpack and a renewed confidence in their abilities. Imagine the broad smiles and bright eyes that will light up thanks to your generosity. Your gift will keep on giving to them.
We do year-round planning for this program in order to efficiently deliver the right supplies to each child, customized by grade and by school. We purchase in bulk primarily from Wisconsin-based businesses to stretch your contributions.
The 4 elementary schools in the Lakeland Union High School District partner with us to develop our shopping list and to distribute the backpacks directly to qualifying students. We are particularly grateful to Arbor-Vitae Woodruff Elementary School and Lac du Flambeau Elementary School for providing staff and resources that allow us to ship our supply purchases directly to the schools during the summer break. They also provide space for us to bring in volunteers to organize the supplies and stuff the backpacks.
Thanks to Lauren Stephenson of WJFW and the Lakeland Times, we are happy to provide these glimpses into the mechanics of filling over 1,000 backpacks in about 3 hours!