Backpacks for Kids

Next to the holiday season, the  “back to school” season is the biggest financial stressor for low-income families and as a result many children don’t have the basic schools supplies needed to succeed.

Since 2011 Build with Purpose has supplied 4,562 kids and families in need by providing students in over a dozen low-income communities with backpacks stuffed with the school essentials- like pencils, pens, rulers, note books-in time for the start of the school year this September.

In 2013, Build with Purpose distributed 50 backpacks filled with school supplies provided by Gibbons P.C. to students at Academy Charter High School, located in Lake Como, NJ.

2012 backpack recipient schools were Hope Academy Charter School in Asbury Park, City Invincible Charter School in Camden, Bridge Boston Charter School in Boston and Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School in the Bronx.

Click here to check out the nj.com press coverage of the Backpack Campaign success!

Click here to see a few thank you letters sent from students at Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School in the Bronx, NY who received backpacks.

Click here to see thank you letter from students at City Invincible Charter School in Camden, NJ.

Thank you so much to all the Backpack Campaign donors and supporters:  We sincerely appreciate your support in the past and hope that you will continue to support our work and the children and communities we serve.

Organizations:
Goldman Sachs
Gibbons P.C.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
The Bent Spoon
ThisLearning, llc
NJ Community Capital:
Leah Apgar
David Bloomberg
McCaela Daffern
Peter Grof
Doris Harris
Daniel Kravetz
Juanita Marshall
Joe Palazzolo
Cara Purcell
Peter Schaeffing
Gregory Stankiewicz
Julie Thibault

Individuals:
Paul Adornato
Jeffrey Albert
James and Maryann Allacci
Rosemary Ames
Barbara Barstow
Carol Bartlett
Sharon Battista
Susan Bergin
Hannah Blitzer
Steve Burns
Thomas Cole
Jeffrey Crum
Sherry Delamarter-Holmes
Brian DiBenedetto
Elaine Edgcomb
Thomas Fallon
Candy and James Faunce
Patricia Felczak
Jill Ferri
Judith Fitzpatrick
Lorna Fitzpatrick
Becky and Tom Flanery
Rhonda Fleming
Diane Flynn
Paul and Lynne Fried
Harry and Jinny Fuerstenberger
Robert Fusi
Maureen Greene
Patricia Greene-Wotton
Tracey Hancock
Brad Henkel
Lisa Ilaria
Ernest Jones
Mary Jo Kapalko
Charlie Kaplan
Reed Kean
Brian Keenan
Jason and Phaedra Kirin
Kathleen Kirin
Mark Klabonski
Mary Ladiana
David Landman
Falon Lewis
Michael Lubben
Patrick Lynch
Patricia MacGregor
Louise McClarty
George McGrath
Greg McKenna
Carol Meyer
Jeong Min-Bae
Joan Mistrough
Kathy Mone
David and Jill Moss
Christina & Deniz Oztan
Jennifer Palinkas-Chavez
Jason Park
Janet Perez
Nancy Pleshko
Harry Powers
Richard Pressler
Audley and Jacinta Pryce
Bill Radlinsky
Mr. and Mrs. Reit
Heather Robinson
Brenda Ross-Greene
Matt Roth
Joy Marie Schmelzer
Rosalyn Sefrin
Jill Shahen
Rex Shaw
Hannah Shostack
Anna Sinen
Jill Singleton
Lynne and Steve Smith
Daniela Soares
Joann Van Splinter
Jamie and Doug Susan
Cathy & Joe Syslo
Joseph Szark
Karen Thomas
Alan and Linda Timko
Keith Timko
Patty Timko
Gabrielle Trufant
Michael Verdi
Raja Warren
Molly Wessel
Elaine Wong

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