Kankakee Valley REMC organizes school supplies drive benefiting area students.

Posted on Aug 31 2019 in Kankakee Valley REMC
Hannah Drummond, first grade student, and Dawn Daley, first grade teacher, pose with new backpacks received at Winfield Elementary School. 

This back-to-school season, Kankakee Valley REMC held its annual Pack-a-Backpack school supplies drive to benefit area students in need of school materials. This year, KV REMC was able to collect enough materials to pack over 150 backpacks. 

“The Pack-a-Backpack program helps many students at South Central. We have several students who start the year without a backpack full of supplies and this program allows us to provide for the students without putting a burden on their teacher,” said Lindsay Dieter, guidance counselor at South Central School Corporation. “This is a great program and one that has many benefits to our school community. “ 

Backpacks, packed ready to be distributed to the schools. 

Held annually since 2014, the drive is just another way KV REMC gives back to the community throughout the year. Since its start, KV REMC has provided school supplies for over 1,000 students in need. 

“Back-to-school is one of the toughest times of the year for many families’ finances. Between book rental, new clothes, school supplies, and school lunches, it can be tough to make ends meet. Through this program we can assist families who can use a little extra help,” said Amanda Steeb, director of marketing and communications. “Best of all is the smile it brings to students when they get a new backpack for their first day of school.” 

As a cooperative, we’re committed to supporting the communities we serve, and programs such as Pack-a-Backpack give everyone the opportunity to participate. Thank you to our area residents who made a supply donation at one of our area drop-offs. Your generosity allowed the cooperative to do what we do best: support the community and our area youth.