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Published 5/26/2005

Owens Community College Assists School Children with 'Backpack to the Future' Supply Drive

Backpack to the Future As another school year nears an end, many students are once again placing their backpacks in storage or are discarding them entirely in anticipation of buying next fall's latest fashion trend. Owens Community College's Alumni Association and Student Government have taken the initiative of organizing a gently used backpack drive to provide new life for what many students consider their mobile lifeline to learning.

The College's Alumni Association and Student Government community service endeavor, titled "Backpack to the Future," is currently accepting gently used backpacks or new school supplies from area residents during the summer months. Items collected, as part of the "Backpack to the Future" event, will be given to low-income elementary school children throughout Northwest Ohio. "Owens Community College's Alumni Association is proud to collaborate with the Student Government and coordinate an event benefiting such a worthy cause," said Janet Meacham, Owens President of the Alumni Association. "There are many low-income families that can barely afford to pay their bills, and may not be able to provide their children with new supplies. Our goal is to ensure that such occurrences do not happen and that all children begin their school year with new educational resources."

Meacham added, "The various donations collected throughout the summer will be delivered to underprivileged children as the new school year begins in August and September."

In addition to the gently used backpacks, or new backpacks, individuals can donate crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues. Area residents can bring their charitable donations to the College's Office of Alumni Affairs on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo.

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 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.

For more information about the school supply drive, or to make a donation, contact the Owens Alumni Affairs Office at (567) 661-7410 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7410.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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