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Monday, September 3, 2018

Backpack Program Continues Success

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

A record number of backpacks have been handed out by the United Way.

The United Way of Bruce Grey Backpack Program is reaching a record number of kids this year.

The organization has supplied more than 2400 backpacks to low income, underprivileged students across Bruce and Grey Counties this year, setting a new high for the program that began in 2005. 

Backpacks are provided to students of all ages and backgrounds across Bruce and Grey, from Tobermory to Dundalk, and Kindergarten to Grade 12. 

Each backpack contains school supplies relevant to the age of the child, with contents ranging from $35 worth of product for Primary Students, to $110 for High School students. 

Beginning in 2005 through to 2018, over 1.5 million dollars have been saved by parents through the backpack program with 23,604 backpacks delivered. 

Backpacks are still available to be picked up at the United Way Office in Owen Sound at 380 9th Street East. 

A majority of the backpack requests are made through calling 211 or had been requested by local schools, food banks, and agencies such as Children's Aid. 

Current totals for 2018 stand at 2,426 backpacks provided to students, with more expected as the school year begins on Tuesday. 

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