Editorial: 1,200 backpacks needed for students

July 22, 2014

By Staff

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a new backpack for your student and added in the supplies, your receipts probably add up to well more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

Now, imagine you are trying to buy backpacks for hundreds of students and fill them with school supplies. That’s the goal of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Hopelink and other area service organizations, to meet the needs of students whose parents are struggling just to pay for a car repair and keep up the rent payments. Pencils and erasers fall to the bottom of the list.

Folks at the food bank and the collection of like minds at other human service agencies who collectively make up the Nourishing Network are determined to take care of as many of those children as they can. They expect to spend thousands on school supplies alone — not counting the backpacks.

In some years, the group is lucky and backpacks are donated; in others, it depends on the generosity of others. Area church congregations are more involved than ever, and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs and local schools foundations play a big role. Many donations come in one backpack, or one pack of pens at a time.

Your help is needed if all students are going to start school on an equal footing.

Make a pledge here to donate backpacks or cash. Or just drop your donation off at the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

Many churches and other groups hold donation drives, so you could also keep an eye out and drop your donations off there.

Issaquah, you’ve met bigger needs. This time, step up for the school kids who need you.

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