Back to School: Giving Back to Youth

Back to School: Giving Back to Youth

September 7, 2018

For the second year in a row, members of the Mary’s Woods Back to School Backpack Program, have raised money to purchase backpacks and school supplies for the foster children at Youth Villages.

Due to the generosity of Mary’s Woods residents, plus additional discounts offered by Costco and Office Depot, this year the group purchased 52 backpacks and supplies for the kids who range from elementary through high school.

“High school is a particularly important time in the development of a young person,” said Ron Sloan, who with his wife, Diane, helped organize the effort. “Students want to fit in. Without a backpack, many foster kids carry their books and school supplies in garbage
bags, which immediately identifies them as being different.”

For kids living in foster homes and those waiting to find a family, being different can often lead to problems developing friendships and can have a negative effect on academics.

“These backpacks will go a long way in boosting self-esteem,” added Diane, “and of course, helping students achieve in the classroom and beyond.”

Mary’s Woods has a proud history of nurturing intergenerational friendships. From the St. John the Apostle mentor program to the recent Grandkids Camp, the MW Backpack Program is yet another example of our community helping youth in the Portland-metro area.

The group will donate the backpacks and supplies to Youth Villages on September 24.