Backpack Campaign in Kingston
Back to school is a whirlwind for every family with children, but it can also be an anxious and stressful time for many families as they do their very best to set their young students up for success. Stepping up to help ensure approximately 1,000 students have what they need for a confident first day of classes is the Backpack Campaign.
Organized by the Social Issues Networking Group (SING) with support from the United Way KFL&A and roughly $20,000 in donations, the program lays out the school supplies on a table and students can choose their favourite backpack and pencil case, among other supplies.
Tanis Fairley, a retired elementary school principal and one of the program’s organizers, has been with the Backpack Campaign since it began. She said it allows students to associate a fresh start with the new school year.
“For kids who struggle in life, you want to do whatever little thing you can to help them,” she said. “And it might be as easy as a backpack of school supplies. It might be as easy as a lunchbox.”
The campaign sets itself apart, giving students the experience of back-to-school of shopping with none of the costs.