Needy W.Va. Students to Receive New Backpacks

January 13, 2010

RIPLEY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is working to distribute backpacks, books and food to West Virginia schoolchildren and their families. The goods, including school supplies, personal grooming items and snacks, were donated by Feed The Children’s Homeless Education and Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.) in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).
About 1,920 backpacks and food bags, as well as two pallets of books were being handed out Wednesday at Cedar Lakes Conference Center to county school districts and the Children’s Home Society for later distribution to students. Each year, between 900,000 and 1.4 million children and youth in the United States experience homelessness, including about 4,400 in West Virginia.

“The West Virginia Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all West Virginia children experiencing homelessness have the opportunity to attend, enroll in and succeed in school,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “These backpacks will give children facing a difficult situation something of their own that can help make school a little easier during a trying time.”

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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