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Published 9/7/2004

Owens Delivers Backpacks and School Supplies To Area Children, September 8-10

Owens Community College's Alumni Association and Student Government will brighten many children's lives this week through a unique community service endeavor titled, "Backpack to the Future." Over 100 backpacks and nearly 2,000 school supply items collected throughout the summer months will be donated to three area elementary schools, September 8-10.

Beginning on Wednesday, September 8, at 12:30 p.m., Owens representatives will deliver backpacks and supplies to the Toledo Public Schools' Martin Luther King Elementary School (1415 Lawrence Ave.). On Thursday, September 9, the College will drop off donated goods to Rossford's Glenwood Elementary School (8950 Avenue Rd.) at 3:45 p.m. Owens representatives will make their final stop at Jacobs Primary School (600 Jacobs Ave.) in Findlay on Friday, September 10, at 11:30 a.m.

"The impressive response area residents and businesses have made to the 'Backpack to the Future' supply drive is outstanding," said Kaye Koevenig, Owens "Backpack to the Future" Project Chair and Alumni Association Board Director. "Many more underprivileged children will be able to begin their school year with new educational resources."

Koevenig added, "We look forward to continuing the 'Backpack to the Future' event throughout the next several years so that children may continue to benefit from such a worthy cause."

Over the past three months, "Backpack to the Future" accepted gently used or new backpacks and new school supplies from area residents to assist underprivileged kindergarten school children throughout Northwest Ohio. In addition to backpacks, individuals donated crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues.

The event also collected nearly $400 from community members. The charitable donations will go toward the purchase of school supplies and new and used non-fiction books from the Toledo Public Library to benefit the schools.

"'Backpack to the Future' represents one of many outreach activities that the Alumni Association has initiated within the past year," said Laura Moore, Owens Manager of Alumni Affairs. "Our focus as an organization is to provide value-added programs and services that support the Owens mission and strengthen the surrounding communities."

Since opening its doors in 1965, Owens Community College has provided higher education to more than 250,000 students. Owens' Alumni Association is committed to the personal and professional success of alumni and students through the ongoing development of value-added initiatives. The Alumni Association is open to all graduates or students who have successfully completed any credit or non-credit course at Owens.

The College's Student Government is comprised of individuals who serve as the student body voice on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Balancing their time between school and work, Student Government members are constantly initiating new projects and events that cater to the interests of Owens' student body.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 28 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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