CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - For most children in Greater Cleveland, the first day of school is just around the corner. To help children begin the school year on a positive note, The Salvation Army and Charter One will distribute 2,200 backpacks filled with new school supplies to children in-need in the Cleveland, Parma, Lakewood and Euclid School Districts through the "Tools for School" program.
To celebrate this program, some of the backpacks will be distributed at The Salvation Army Hough Community Corps Center, 6000 Hough Avenue, on Tuesday, August 18, from 1-3 p.m. In order to receive a backpack, you must have a ticket and have pre-registered earlier at The Salvation Army.
At The Salvation Army, preparing children for a healthy and successful future is a top priority. This commitment to youth is evident in our programming that includes quality day care, educational tutoring and intervention in our Learning Zones programs, recreational programs, and youth development programs.
"Many of us are fortunate enough to remember the excitement and anticipation that came from having new school supplies and preparing to return to school, said Carrie Carpenter, Vice President, Director of Public Affairs at Charter One, Ohio. "Unfortunately, there are thousands of local children who never know that excitement because for them school supplies are a luxury. Charter One and The Salvation Army hope to make going back-to-school more exciting for 2,200 school children in Greater Cleveland by giving them the tools they need to succeed in school."
Charter One has supported Tools for School initiatives since 2006 and has distributed backpacks and supplies to thousands of students in need during that time.
Major William Bamford III, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Northeast Ohio, said: "This initiative will help many children to get off to a great start in school.
To see their faces when they receive a new backpack filled with school supplies is priceless. Charter One is fulfilling a great need that most people take for granted. We are extremely pleased to partner with Charter One to improve the opportunity for success in school."