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Published 9/17/2004

Owens Delivers Backpacks and School Supplies To Area Elementary School Children

Owens Executive Dean of the Findlay-area Campus, Judy Ennis, talks with two students from Jacobs Primary School in Findlay. Owens Community College's Alumni Association and Student Government recently brightened many children's lives 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 were presented to area schools and organizations, which included Toledo Public Schools' Martin Luther King Elementary, Rossford's Glenwood Elementary School and Jacobs Primary School in Findlay.

"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."

Over the past three months, "Backpack to the Future" accepted gently used or new backpacks and new school supplies from the Owens campus community, alumni and 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.

Laura Moore, Owens Manager of Alumni Affairs, presents a new backpack to children at Toledo Public Schools' Martin Luther King Elementary. "'Backpack to the Future' is a generous event that will help our students begin the school year on a positive note," said Tracy Knighten, Principal of Martin Luther King Elementary School. "Owens' commitment to such community service endeavors will add to the success of our students."

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

"I love my new, pink backpack," said Jada, a kindergartener at Martin Luther King Elementary School. "I can carry my schoolwork and art projects home now."

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

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 29 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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