The Good Backpack Program

About The Program

The purpose of the Good Backpack Program is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to participate completely in their education, regardless of their family’s financial status or means.

Backpacks are provided through quiet, confidential application made on behalf of students by school staff. There is no registration fee, and backpacks are requested for students identified by school staff as needing support, and who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a backpack and supplies.

Backpacks are available to students in publicly funded schools in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

Funds are raised for the program through sponsorship, community donations and the ‘Stuff the Bus’, and ‘Cram the Cruise’ events.

The number of backpacks available through The Foundation is dependent upon the amount of funds raised annually to support the campaign.

(nearly) backpacks were distributed in 2016/17

I was worried about the start of school and having enough money to buy my children the things they needed. When I found out they could access a backpack through their school, I felt a tremendous weight lift off my shoulders. A heartfelt thanks for everyone who supports this program! From a parent with two children

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