September 5, 2008
Just in time for the new school year, thousands of children received free backpacks containing essential school supplies at the New ERAA (Everybody Recommitting to Academic Achievement) 2008 Back 2 School Conference and Festival.
Once again, Office Depot Foundation generously donated 3,000 backpacks in support of the New ERAA Back to School Conference and Festival. The 2008 backpacks come in five different color schemes, blending orange, blue, red, purple, green and for the first time pink. Designed primarily to meet the needs of students in grades K-5, the backpacks feature two front pockets and wide, padded straps for comfort and support. Each backpack contained a pencil pouch containing essential back-to-school items - a ruler, four crayons, a glue stick, a pen, a pencil, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. And also blue backpacks to meet the needs of middle and high school students.
“It’s always a pleasure to watch a child’s face light up as they receive their backpacks,” said Zoneice Jones, co-founder of Pazzaz and New ERAA. “Thanks to Office Depot Foundation we can help deserving kids prepare for school.” “Once a child receives their school supplies their confidence increases and they become more excited about returning to school.”
This year’s theme was “Students Achieving and Succeeding: Parents and Students Learning Together.” At the Back to school Conference and Festival parents and students also received helpful learning tips and strategies to start the school year right. Over 100 educational workshops were taught to prepare parents and children for the new school year. Some of the workshops taught included: building learning skills, test-taking strategies, improving writing skills, overcoming gangs and how to start a “dads” Club at school just to name a few.