Backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies were distributed to hundreds of area students in need during the annual Project Backpack back-to-school supply fair. The event, which is part of a community initiative by Elgin Community College and other organizations, was held on Saturday, Aug. 11 in ECC’s Building J Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
More than 1,300 backpacks full of school supplies were given out during the event. The following day, the Project Backpack committee donated an additional 600 full backpacks to local academically-challenged schools within Elgin and the surrounding area.
“Project Backpack is one of the most beneficial community events in our district,” said Amybeth Maurer, director of orientation and student life at ECC who has been involved in the event since 2010. “Each year, it brings together people, institutions, agencies and businesses from all backgrounds that work toward a common goal; to provide children in need a full backpack of supplies, which gives them the opportunity to be ready at the starting line with their peers. As a leader in higher education, ECC is proud to serve as host of this event and invest in the education of our [community’s] future leaders.”
More than 14,500 students have been served since 2010 when ECC became involved in Project Backpack. Over 1,400 backpacks were distributed to families during last year’s event.
To learn more about Project Backpack, visit project-backpack.org.