As students across the Cobb County School District prepared to toss their bookbags aside for the summer, students at Rocky Mount Elementary School had different plans for their backpacks.
Rocky Mount students donated their empty backpacks to benefit those in need. Third grader Savannah came up with the way for her classmates to help others. Savannah and her Rocky Mount family led the drive, which resulted in the donation of 162 bookbags. The backpacks will go to the Gateway Center to help the Atlanta area homeless have a way to carry their personal belongings. The school collected the backpacks and reusable water bottles the last few days of the school year and even a few days after.
Before donating, students were asked to remove all personal information from backpacks and water bottles including names and addresses. Although not required, students were welcome to donate new backpacks, as well.
Because of the success of the end-of-the-year campaign, Rocky Mount is planning to collect bags and bottles again next year and may extend the drive to the surrounding schools.
Gateway Center helps individuals experiencing homelessness move from the street to ultimately, long-term stable housing. Some of its programs include veteran programs, career source centers, employment and empowerment, family services, showers, lockers, and the clothing closet. Visit www.gatewayctr.org for more info or to donate directly.