FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Everyone wants to start the new school year off on the right foot – and that means back to school shopping for new clothes and supplies, but not everyone has that opportunity. Now, local students in need will be able to put their best foot forward on the first day of school.
Tuesday, thousands of backpacks filled with supplies were ready and waiting for families to pick them up for free at the Fargodome. The backpacks were all donated by community members and local organizations as part of the United Way's School Supply Drive. A few superintendents and school administrators were on hand to help - including Fargo Public Schools' Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi.
Organizers say events like this can have a big impact on local families.
"As we visit with the students that will be receiving the backpacks and their families today, we know that they tell us that this absolutely give them a lot of joy and enthusiasm for starting school - but also they feel like they have what they need to be successful," says Kristi Huber, President of the United Way Cass-Clay.
The original goal was to collect 6,000 backpacks, and in the end 6,033 were donated.
But there's still a need in the community - and that's why Churches United for the Homeless is asking the community to adopt a kiddo.
If you sign up, you'll be assigned to a child who's currently staying at the shelter, and you'll be given their clothing sizes and needs. That way, the kids can make this school year a great one.
To enroll in the program, reach out to:
Brady M: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah M: email@example.com