BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As students get ready to head back to class, one local program is making sure area kids have the supplies they need to succeed in the new school year.
Volunteers gave out 200 backpacks Friday at the Volunteers of America’s Pratt House for the group’s Operation Backpack program.READ MORE: 'I Spent 36 Years In Prison For A Crime Didn't Commit': City State's Attorney Office Introduces New Program To Help Overturn Wrongful Convictions
“Operation Backpack is our national initiative to collect school supplies for children in a variety of different ages from kindergarten to high school so that they will be prepared for the first day of school with everything that they need,” said Lauren Puryear, the Pratt House’s program director.
Each backpack was packed full of supplies for students based on their age. Elementary students get watercolors and markers while high schoolers got dictionaries and calculators.READ MORE: Loaded Handgun & Ammunition Found At Chesapeake High School In Essex
Mother of three Ashley Tate said the program really makes a difference in preparing her daughters for success at school.
“I’m a single mom and sometimes it’s hard to get them everything they need for school,” she said. “So it’s a very great thing that they help us out with backpacks and uniforms.”MORE NEWS: Baltimore Man Convicted Of Murdering His Wife In 2018 Sentenced To Life In Prison
School starts for students in Baltimore City Public Schools September 3.