School essentials given to needy in Newport
President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed recently presented colorful sackpacks containing essential school supplies as part of the 2011 National Backpack Program in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Tuesday, Paiva Weed delivered packs to the Martin Luther King Center. Yesterday, she stopped by the Newport Recreation Center, followed by a visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Newport. More than 300 packs were delivered.
“This is a great program that will help hundreds Rhode Island students as they prepare for the start of a new school year,” said Paiva Weed. “Many families have struggled to afford school supplies in this difficult economic time, making public-private partnerships such as this even more important. I am pleased to work with Office Depot and the National Foundation for Women Legislators on this program to provide students with essential back-toschool supplies that many take for granted.”
The drawstring-style sackpacks are available in five different twocolor combinations, with each bag containing a zippered pouch with essential school items, such as a ruler, crayons, a pen, a pencil, a pencil sharpener and an eraser.
By the end of this year, the program will have helped more than 2.5 million children since the program began in 2001. The NFWL has been partners with the backpack program for six years and this year the Office Depot Foundation will provide the National Foundation for Women Legislators with more than 15,000 sackpacks for distribution by women elected officials in all 50 states.