Ah, the smell of a freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil and the clean pages of a new composition book.
While most pupils put these thoughts out of mind for the summer, the Small Business Council of Rochester is working to ensure local students are prepared for school this fall by urging area business to donate school supplies.
The Backpack Give Back program runs through Aug. 3, when the Small Business Council has arranged for the collection of the donated items. The council is providing the backpacks. Any business pledging to fill at least 10 backpacks can have the bags delivered to their door to fill.
Each of the bags will provide a child with pencils, pens, folders, highlighters, paper, notebooks and other items. A full list is available on its website. The council hopes to provide more than 500 backpacks full of school supplies to needy children in the city.
Alternatively, businesses can donate to support the program. The cost of supplying one completed backpack is about $50, but the council says a donation of any amount will help. Donations can be mailed to the Small Business Council, Attn: Cindy DeVoldre, 150 State St., Rochester, NY 14614.
If a business opts to fill up one or more backpacks, they can drop off the bags on Aug. 3 at RW Dake, 100 Bluff Drive in East Rochester between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The following week, the backpacks will be distributed among several area organizations that serve local children, including Rochester Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America’s Camp Heroes Program, Cameron Community and Mission Share.
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