3 things to know: Backpack Attack

GREENFIELD — A local effort to equip needy children with supplies to start the school year kicks off next week.

Each year, United Way of Central Indiana’s Backpack Attack helps students from underprivileged families start the year on the right foot by making sure they have the materials they need to make their most of their education.

It’s a community effort that depends on donations, which will be accepted Wednesday through July 15. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Every bit counts

Donations of all sizes help children in need. If you want to contribute but don’t have time to shop, your cash donation will be used to buy supplies. Organizers are seeking the following: backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, dry-erase markers, glue sticks, folders, school boxes, scissors, colored pencils, notebooks (composition and nonspiral), flash cards, disinfecting wipes, Post-it notes, rulers and binders.

Donations may be dropped off at the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 1 Courthouse Plaza, Greenfield, or the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield.

2. Donations benefit local students

Supplies collected for the Backpack Attack are distributed to all 17 elementary, intermediate, middle and junior/senior high schools across Hancock County.

Students who have been identified by school officials as being in need are invited to pick out their own supplies from the donations, giving each a chance to feel special and choose the items in the colors and styles they prefer.

3. Final chance is July 15

The “Stuff the Bus” event concludes the donation program on July 15. A school bus will be stationed in front of Walmart, 1965 N. State St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with organizers on hand to accept donations.

For more information, contact Jeannie Roberts at 317-477-2345 or jeannie.roberts@uwci.org.

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Noelle Steele is editor of the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3232 or nsteele@greenfieldreporter.com.