Several businesses are helping thousands of local keiki go back to school.
The Office Depot Foundation donated 2,000 new sackpacks filled with school supplies to several local non-profit organizations, schools and agencies as part of its National Backpack Program.
The recipients — the state Department of Education, Iroquois Point Elementary, Parents and Children Together, Partners in Development Foundation and Special Parent Information Network — were chosen in part by local Office Depot and OfficeMax stores.
Each non-branded sackpack holds a zippered pouch containing essential school supplies: a pen, a pencil, four crayons, a pencil sharpener, an eraser and a 6-inch ruler.
In all, the foundation will donate 350,000 sackpacks to children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries this year.
Meanwhile, Servco is also donating backpacks filled with school supplies to hundreds of local first-graders this week.
Employees conducted an internal drive to collect crayons, markers, portfolios, three-ring binders, pencil boxes, glue, scissors, erasers, pencils, water colors and composition books.
The backpacks are being given to every first-grader at four schools with higher populations of at-risk keiki across the island: Kauluwela Elementary, Kahaluu Elementary, Puuhale Elementary and Waianae Elementary.
This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Servco-employee school-supply drive.