Backpacks filled with school supplies will be delivered to designated elementary school students in Camas and Washougal school districts.
This year the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club’s backpack program donated 200 backpacks to families in need. 100 backpacks were given to Camas schools and 100 to Washougal, making the start of the school year a little easier for recipients and their parents.
Washougal School District Superintendent Dawn Tarzian and Camas School District Superintendent Mike Nerland, presented the backpacks to school administrators who will make sure that selected students in need receive them.
This year contributions to the Backpack Project from the Rotary Foundation and club members totaled nearly $3,000. The 200 backpacks were purchased at a discount from Columbia and JanSport and filled with school supplies by Rotary volunteers.
“Eight years ago this program donated only 25 backpacks to students in need, today that number has risen to 200 thanks to support from the community and other Rotarians," said Rotarian Jim Curry, Backpack Program Chair. "We’re hoping next year to include some high-school appropriate backpacks and supplies to continue to grow the program.”