ELGIN – A community-based initiative that benefits students in need is accepting school supply donations through Aug. 1, according to a news release from Elgin Community College.
Project Backpack seeks donations of two-pocket folders, solid colors only; one-subject, wide rule notebooks, solid colors only; packs of 150- and 200-count loose leaf, wide rule paper; yellow wood No. 2 pencils, 10 count; black pens; scissors in gender-neutral colors; 0.21-ounce glue sticks; rulers; packs of 24-count crayons, Crayola preferred; and gender-neutral backpacks.
Donation sites include Elgin Community College, Building B, Student Life Office, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin; the Elgin Township Supervisor Office, 729 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin; and United Way of Elgin, 1797 N. LaFox St., South Elgin.
Project Backpack is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 9 in the Building J Spartan Event Center at Elgin Community College.
The supplies and backpacks are given on a first-come, first-served basis to students who provide proof of residency or school enrollment in District 300, District U-46 or ECC for fall 2014. It is limited to one backpack per student.
In addition to individual donations, the program receives supplies from retailers, churches and community organizations.
Since 2010, more than 7,000 backpacks have been distributed, including 1,800 in 2013. That year, 4,000 people were in attendance by 10 a.m., and the college also partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to supply families with about 3,000 bags of nonperishable food.
For information, contact the ECC Student Life Office at 847-214-7370. Call 847-695-8686 for information in Spanish.