YMCA kicks off Operation Backback

July 9, 2009 2:42:41 PM PDT
The Houston Independent School District Thursday helped the YMCA kick off the city's largest school supply drive. The YMCA's Fifth Annual Operation Backpack aims to collect school supplies for more than 35,000 Houston-area children. Day campers at Cossaboom Family YMCA filled backpacks with school supplies and placed them in donation bins.

Project coordinators want students to start the new school year as prepared to learn as possible.

"Operation Backpack is about getting our young children and students ready for the first day of school. and in a school district there is not a more important day in the year than the first day of school," said Dr. Abe Saavedra, HISD Superintendent.

Each Houston-area YMCA has partnered with a local church to serve as school supply collection sites. More than 60 parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston also joined the Operation Backpack team.

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