Backpack Project


Overwhelming support adds to this year’s successful project!

This year our branch not only provided filled backpacks for many middle school students at each school in Mariposa County Unified  School District, but we also distributed packs at the John C. Fremont Back to School Health Fairs.

Members volunteer an afternoon to fill backpacks with items a middle school student would most likely need.

Filling the Backpacks

The last backpacks get delivered to the J.C.Fremont Health Fair.

Final delivery to J.C.Fremont Health Fair

You can donate to this project any time of the year!


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.


This year through the continued donations of time, funds, and supplies of our branch members, community members, and donations from community organizations, our branch was able to expand the project to include children whose homes were structurally damaged or destroyed by the Detwiler Fire.

Branch members proudly display some of the backpacks filled at our annual Fill Day at MES