Saturday, August 25, 2012

Office Depot Foundation Donates 4,000 Kid-Friendly Sackpacks

With the first day of school just around the corner, the Office Depot Foundation donated 4,000 colorful new sackpacks to deserving children served by schools, non-profit organizations, and agencies.

The Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot – presented the sackpacks, which contained essential school supplies, during a special “Back-to-School Celebration” at the Mission Valley Office Depot on Aug. 22.

Supt. Bill Kowba and Board Member Shelia Jackson were on-hand at the special ceremony. Both expressed their deep appreciation to the Office Depot Foundation for making this donation to our children.

“Just like adults need the right ‘tools of the trade’ to be successful at their jobs, students need the right tools to be successful in school,” said Kowba. “We thank the Office Depot Foundation for this generous donation, giving deserving students the necessary tools and school supplies to achieve greater success in the classroom.”

This is the eighth year that the Office Depot Foundation has provided free backpacks and sackpacks to San Diego’s children and the 12th year of its national backpack program.

“In keeping with our mission – Listen Learn Care − we created these fun and exciting sackpacks in response to what kids have told us they like,” says Foundation President Mary Wong. “Every year, we have seen our donations bring hope to children whose families might not be able to afford to buy school supplies.”

The first day of classes for all San Diego Unified School District schools is Tuesday, Sept. 4.