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Published 9/26/2005

Owens Delivers Backpacks and Supplies To Area Elementary School Children

Owens Community College's Alumni Association and Student Government, in conjunction with Books-A-Million in Perrysburg, recently brightened many children's lives through a unique community service endeavor titled, "Backpack to the Future." Over 200 backpacks and nearly 3,000 school supply items collected throughout the summer months were presented to area schools and organizations, which included Northview Primary School in Findlay, the Community Learning Centers of Wood County, and Toledo Public Schools' Marshall Elementary School and Pickett Elementary School.

"The impressive response area residents and businesses have made to the 'Backpack to the Future' supply drive is outstanding," said Kaye Koevenig, Owens community service chair of the Alumni Association. "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 in the coming years so that even more children may continue to benefit from such a worthy cause."

Over the past four 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.

"We really appreciate Owens Community College contributing to our children's educational future," said Rosemary Lugabihl, principal for Northview Primary School. "These supplies will help with the learning process and make the students even more successful in their studies."

The event also collected nearly $1,500 from community members. The charitable donations were used to purchase additional school supplies.

"My favorite thing is the backpack, so I can put my glue in it," said Brianna, a kindergartener at Pickett Elementary School.

Owens' Laura Moore (left) presents school supplies to children at Glenwood Elementary School in Rossford. 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 few years. "Our focus as an organization is to provide value-added programs and services that support the Owens mission and strengthen the surrounding communities. With the expanded efforts and support by Books-A-Million, the donations easily surpassed last year's totals, which is a great feeling," she stated.

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.

Four Northview Primary School students show off their new backpacks with obvious enthusiasm. 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.

Founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama, Books-A-Million Inc. has grown to become the premier book retailing chain in the Southeastern United States, and the third largest book retailer in the nation. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the company currently operates more than 200 stores in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

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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