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Thousands of needy students will receive backpacks filled with supplies when they return to school this fall, thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals across the community. More than 10,000 backpacks have been collected and distributed since the Thames Valley Education Foundation's Supplies for Students initiative began in 2001. Organizers expect to distribute another 2,000 backpacks this year.

"Supplies and financial contributions came pouring in once again, not surprisingly, demonstrating the incredible generosity and kindness of our community," says Supplies for Students Coordinator Chantal McLaughlin.

"Thanks to the public, dedicated volunteers, and area businesses, we are able to assist many families by providing the basic items kids need to start the school year off right," McLaughlin adds.

Parent, student and community volunteers were among those who helped collect and sort backpacks and supplies at various locations throughout Thames Valley.

Their efforts were greatly assisted by community partners such as the Kiwanis and business partners such as the TD Canada Trust Employees "Back in Class" campaign, Forest City Freedom 55 Financial Centre and London Life, Costco North London, Staples, Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services, Westmount Shopping Centre, United Way Oxford and United Way Gen Next.

"Our goal is always to support our community and truly make a difference on that first day of school for as many children and their families as we can," says TD Canada Trust Bank Analyst Lisa Dronyk, who adds that over the past seven years, TD employees have generously donated more than 3,500 filled backpacks to London and area school children.

Each backpack for intermediate and high school students is valued at about $65 and the backpacks for early years students are worth about $30 each.

Parents who need backpacks for their children are asked to request them from their school principal.

The Thames Valley Education Foundation, one of the fastest growing public education foundations in Ontario, works to build partnerships in the community that enrich public education across the Thames Valley district.

Thousands of needy students will receive backpacks filled with supplies when they return to school this fall, thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals across the community. More than 10,000 backpacks have been collected and distributed since the Thames Valley Education Foundation's Supplies for Students initiative began in 2001. Organizers expect to distribute another 2,000 backpacks this year.

"Supplies and financial contributions came pouring in once again, not surprisingly, demonstrating the incredible generosity and kindness of our community," says Supplies for Students Coordinator Chantal McLaughlin.

"Thanks to the public, dedicated volunteers, and area businesses, we are able to assist many families by providing the basic items kids need to start the school year off right," McLaughlin adds.

Parent, student and community volunteers were among those who helped collect and sort backpacks and supplies at various locations throughout Thames Valley.

Their efforts were greatly assisted by community partners such as the Kiwanis and business partners such as the TD Canada Trust Employees "Back in Class" campaign, Forest City Freedom 55 Financial Centre and London Life, Costco North London, Staples, Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services, Westmount Shopping Centre, United Way Oxford and United Way Gen Next.

"Our goal is always to support our community and truly make a difference on that first day of school for as many children and their families as we can," says TD Canada Trust Bank Analyst Lisa Dronyk, who adds that over the past seven years, TD employees have generously donated more than 3,500 filled backpacks to London and area school children.

Each backpack for intermediate and high school students is valued at about $65 and the backpacks for early years students are worth about $30 each.

Parents who need backpacks for their children are asked to request them from their school principal.

The Thames Valley Education Foundation, one of the fastest growing public education foundations in Ontario, works to build partnerships in the community that enrich public education across the Thames Valley district.


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