Sales Associate Sarina Medina (left) and Assistant Manager Derrick Harris from the Panera cafe in Ocean prepare to accept donations for FCS's Reading Buddies Backpack Project.
“Imagine you are the student who comes to school the first day hoping no one will notice that you don’t have a backpack or essential supplies? Would you be able to concentrate on learning?” FCS Manager of Volunteer Services Samantha White asks. “We want every child to start off the year right, to have the confidence and enthusiasm they need to learn and to grow. Giving them the tools and supplies to learn is part of that process.”
Last year, the Backpack project fulfilled requests for more than 600 free backpacks for children at 18
In addition to new backpacks, the agency is seeking donations of new pens, and pencils, crayons, washable markers, blunt scissors, 2-pocket folders, rulers, pencil cases and boxes, pencil sharpeners and erasers, glue sticks and wide-rule notebooks.