BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH OFFERS BACKPACKS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED
The Salvation Army Salt Lake City Corps hosted their annual "Back-To-School Bash", a community block party for families on the west side of Salt Lake City on August 19, 2017.
The event provided 300 elementary school children with a fun lawn party and a backpack full of donated school supplies. The Utah Ophthalmology Society also provided free eye exams and identified several children who needed glasses.
Research shows that families can spend up to $200 on school supplies. The Salvation Army’s hope was that they could free low-income families from spending that money so they can use it to fulfill other essential needs. The backpacks were filled with notebooks, crayons, glue sticks, rulers, colored markers, pens and pencil boxes.
“We hosted our big back-to-school celebration to give kids who need a head start, a positive step in the right direction,” said Major Troy Trimmer from the Salvation Army Salt Lake City Corps. “When kids have the proper tools they need, success in school can be much easier to achieve.”
The backpacks and supplies came from private contributions and donations from Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, Shopko, Sizzling Platter, Little Caesars and BEEYond Insurance Agency.