Good Shepherd Employees Deliver 182 Backpacks to Roosevelt School
Initiative Is part of Good Shepherd’s United Way Campaign
ALLENTOWN, PA – For some grade school-age students, September is a welcome opportunity to show off new back-to-school items – trendy clothes, must-have sneakers and the hottest backpacks. But for many in Allentown School District’s Roosevelt Elementary School, back-to-school necessities, like a new backpack, are simply not in the family budget.
Luckily, help is just around the corner. Roosevelt Elementary School is one of the United Way of the Lehigh Valley’s 12 COMPASS Community Schools. This designation enables the United Way to help build relationships between the school and other community resources. One such resource are the compassionate employees of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
For the second year, Good Shepherd employees donated new backpacks stuffed with pens, pencils, notepads, crayons, markers, erasers, scissors, underwear, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other school and personal items. On Friday, September 9,
Good Shepherd employees loaded 182 backpacks into a truck and drove them to RooseveltElementary School, 210 W. Susquehanna Street, Allentown, for delivery. Click here to see photos of the event
Nearly 90 percent of Roosevelt’s students are from low-income families and the students’ need for new school supplies and personal hygiene items is great. According to Community School Director Katherine Jackson, “As a community school, our full staff is tuned into not only the academic needs of our students, but also their basic social, emotional and physical needs.” With Good Shepherd’s donation, teachers will be able to provide a new backpack to students who do not have one, are using a backpack that is badly worn or do not have enough school supplies or personal care items. “Last year, teachers also found that the backpacks were wonderful incentives for attendance, behavior and work completion,” adds Jackson.
According to Good Shepherd President & CEO Sally Gammon, “I am always proud of the compassion and generosity that is demonstrated by our employees both in terms of initiatives like this and the everyday care they provide to patients and residents. Caring for our community is the cornerstone of our work.”