The backpacks and school supplies collected by NBC4 have already made an impact on students at Columbus City Schools.
Many students at Livingston Avenue Elementary were prepared to begin this school year because of the backpacks and supplies they received from NBC4’s Stuff the Backpack School Supply Drive.
So far NBC4 has collected more than 45,000 backpacks, but we’re working to reach the goal of a backpack for every Columbus City Schools student.
Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts visited some of those students and said the backpacks and supplies put every child on a path to success.
“We realize the value in education. Without good with a solid foundation of education you can’t have a healthy lifestyle,” said Roberts. “We feel like the backpacks were essential to make sure these students were ready for a successful school year.”
Principal Stacy Harris-Macarthy has worked in the Columbus City School district for more than 20 years.
“I had never seen anything like this in all my experience in Columbus City Schools.”
She said the goal of providing backpacks to every student was ambitious but the impact is great.
“I was pleasantly surprised for my older children.,” said Harris-Macarthy. “A lot of times they did not use backpacks but found that they actually wanted them and wanted the supplies that were in them. So it let me know that it was more of a need that I didn’t want to say I had.”
She added teachers can spend their money on other items for the classroom instead of supplies and backpacks.