See an interview with Kimberly Stender about Project Backpack now airing on Amherst Media and also the PSA about Project Backpack.
Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools in collaboration with The Amherst Club, Interfaith Opportunities Network (ION), Amherst Lions Club, Amherst Rotary Club, DeMaio Orthodontics, WB Mason, Amherst Human Rights Commission, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Amherst College, UMass and State Representative Ellen Story are proud to announce Project Backpack 2011.
The Project Backpack 2011 initiative is designed to support and
assist income-eligible families in the districts to acquire the
necessary and grade-appropriate school supplies children need on the
first day of school and academic year. The goal of the program is to
provide 455 back packs for elementary students and 360 for middle and
high school students.
Under the direction of Superintendent of Schools, Maria Geryk and
Director of Interventions & ELE, Dr. Marta Guevara, and in keeping
with the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public
Schools, Project Backpack 2011 aspires toward equity of opportunity,
inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the classroom.
“Our goal is to help ease the financial burden the beginning of the
school year can mean for families struggling financially” states Dr.
Guevara. “Project Backpack 2011 is made possible by the generosity of
the entire community. This program provides backpacks filled with
appropriate, grade-level supplies to families who qualify for Free&
New backpacks and supplies will be accepted from June1-August 12.
Donations can be dropped off at the ARPS Central Offices, located in
Amherst Regional Middle School at 170 Chestnut Street. Back packs and
supplies will be available for distribution to eligible families the
week of August 29. Families will be notified of the distribution
schedule during the week of August 22. Volunteers will be on hand to
oversee the distribution process.
Maria Geryk, Superintendent of Schools adds, “We have once again
partnered with groups in our community to make Project Backpack 2011 a
tremendous success. In 2010, through the generosity of individuals,
businesses, civic organizations, and faith groups in the greater Amherst
community, 198 backpacks with supplies were distributed. In addition,
$800 was received in support of the project and those funds were used to
purchase additional backpacks and supplies. I am deeply grateful for
the community’s outreach, involvement and support of this initiative.”
School Supplies List
Elementary school students: new/unused backpacks,
assignment books, colored pencils, construction paper, crayons, drawing
paper, English dictionary (word or picture), erasers, folders, glue
sticks, markers, pencils (#2), pencil sharpeners, pens, rulers
MS and HS students: new/unused backpacks, assignment
books, 3-ring binders, calculators (basic or graphing), English
dictionary (word or picture), erasers, folders, graph paper,
highlighters, index cards (3 x 5), combination locks, loose leaf paper,
markers, notebooks, pencils (#2), pencil sharpeners, pens, rulers
Supplies Drop Off Locations
Edward Jones Financial Advisors 17 Pray St. 495 West St Suite #1
Lone Wolf Restaurant 63 Main Street
Sub & Pizza Restaurant 33 East Pleasant St
DeMaio Orthodontics 23 Pray St
Office of the Superintendent 170 Chestnut St
Please contact Kimberly Stender, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 362-1825 with inquiries or if you would like to volunteer with assembly and distribution.
The mission of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is to
create a dynamic learning community where students and staff work
together and where all students are supported and challenged to achieve
their full potential in their intellectual, creative, social and civic
endeavors. With parent and community participation, staff and students
strive to ensure a safe environment and to promote respect and
appreciation for the diversity of individuals, cultures and learning