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Each year AAUW volunteers work with the schools to determine the necessary items. The items include the usual school supplies such as binders, folders, rulers, pencil sharpener, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, crayons, and scissors and a backpack or other case to hold them. In recent years, technology support such as flash drives have been added. The BACKPACK PROJECT provides backpacks filled with school supplies for Mariposa 7th grade students who need assistance. Because students take classes in multiple rooms, they are required to carry items from class to class and school to home. Students without appropriate resources may not have the necessary supplies or pack in which to carry them.
AAUW volunteers donate items or they are purchased by the AAUW organization prior to the start of school. “Fill day” brings volunteer together to assemble the backpacks which are carefully selected from different manufacturers in different colors and styles so that the students receiving the backpacks blend in with their classmates.
Recipients of the backpacks and school supplies are determined by the school principal and teachers with the children and their families’ privacy maintained.