Thousands of keiki receive back-to-school supplies, donations

Photo: The Office Depot Foundation
Photo: The Office Depot Foundation

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.

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