New supplies help students-in-need start the school year right.
The start of the school year just got a little easier for many school children and their parents.
Backpacks filled with school supplies—including pencils, erasers, paper, rulers and more—have been delivered to elementary schools in Camas and Washougal.
This year the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club’s annual Backpack Project provided enough backpacks and supplies for 220 children in need. The donation was split evenly between Camas and Washougal schools and will help bridge the gap for families struggling to purchase school supplies.
Washougal School District Superintendent Dawn Tarzian and Camas School District Superintendent Mike Nerland, presented the backpacks to school administrators who make sure that the students who need them, receive them. Both superintendents stressed how important it is for children to feel like every other child on the first day of school. Part of this is having the tools needed to get off to a good start.
“The program began nine years ago with 25 backpacks, this year more than $4,500 worth of backpacks and school supplies were donated.” said Club President Molly Coston. "Our hope is to continue to grow the program and increase the number of families served.”
Rotary International is a service organization with over 1.2 million members in more than 160 countries. The Camas-Washougal Rotary meets at 7 am on Thursdays at Orchard Hills Golf & Country Club, 605 39th St., Washougal, WA. For more club information visit
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