Community gathers to pack 1000+ backpacks

All year, a teen board of 20 middle and high school students had been organizing fundraising efforts

Tools for School, a program of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, that ensures more kids begin the school year with the proper tools they need to succeed, announced that they will be packing more than 1,000 brand new backpacks full of school supplies in a community event at the Jersey Shore.

The packing event is Sunday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Margate Municipal Building, located at 9001 Winchester Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402.

All year, a teen board of 20 middle and high school students had been organizing fundraising efforts. Thanks to social media marketing, emails, dining events, and corporate sponsors, Tools for School has raised over $12,000 during the second half of the 2017 to 2018 school year.

Community members will form an assembly line to fill pencils, pens, calculators, colored pencils, erasers, scissors, highlighters, glue sticks, sharpeners, folders, notebooks, index cards, and more inside each backpack. Families from the community are encouraged to join as volunteers on Aug 19.

The backpacks will be distributed to local schools and organizations in need including, but not limited to: Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City and Camden, Foundation of Jewish Day Schools, Sons of Israel, Nemours Pediatrics at Jefferson University Hospital, Jewish Family Services of Atlantic County, Jewish Relief Agency Bala Cynwyd and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services.

Teen board members attend Cherry Hill High School East, Henry C. Beck Middle School, Voorhees Middle School, Moorestown Friends School and Eastern Regional High School.