Sunday, August 9, 2015

ARPS Project Backpack & Car Seat Help

Donations for Project Backpack accepted through Aug 15th

Backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to income-qualifying families on August 20-21 at the ARPS Family Center (located within the Amherst Regional Middle School) from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Also during those distribution hours, reps from the Amherst Police & Fire Departments, UMass Police Department & Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts/ Baystate Children’s Hospital will be installing new infant & toddler car seats.

New backpacks & school supplies will be accepted through August 15th at the locations listed below.
ARPS Family Center at 170 Chestnut St.
DeMaio Orthodontics at 23 Pray St.
Grace Episcopal Church at 14 Boltwood Ave.

Requested School Supplies
Pre-K- Fifth Grade: new backpacks, notebooks, 2-pocket folders, glue sticks, markers, crayons, pencils, pens (blue/black/red), colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, bookmarks, rulers, scissors

  6-12 Grade: new backpacks, assignment pads, notebooks, loose leaf paper, 2-pocket folders, 3-ring binders, 3-ring pencil cases, highlighters, post-it notes, index cards, calculators (basic, scientific, or graphing), flash drives, pens (blue/black/red), pencils, combination locks for lockers
“Our goal is to help ease the financial burden the start of the school year can mean for many families,” states Superintendent Maria Geryk.  “Project Backpack is a great success due in part to the generosity of individuals and community partners. In 2014, over 465 backpacks with supplies were distributed and over 60 car seats were installed. I am deeply grateful for the community’s support of this initiative.”

For more information please contact Kimberly Stender at (413)-362-1825 or