Backpacks, notebooks and pencils are standard items on’ back-to-school lists for young students. With lists of needed items often being long, some families struggle to send their children off for that first day of school fully prepared with supplies.
To aid South Philadelphia families acquire needed back-to-school supplies the Passyunk Square Civic Association teamed up with the Acme Market at 10th and Reed streets to create a back-to-school supply drive.
The association is a nonprofit whose mission is to “enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood” that stretches from Washington Avenue to Tasker Street and Sixth Street to Broad Street.
“The Back-to-School Supply Drive is our attempt to make sure that every child has what they need to have a productive school year,” Christine Knapp said. Knapp is the association’s previous president and current chairperson of its education committee.
The association’s campaign, which ran from Aug. 18 through Sept. 1, will donate most of the collected supplies to two area K-8 schools: Andrew Jackson and Eliza B. Kirkbride. The association said it hopes it received enough donations to help other schools in the surrounding area
“We are happy to have several other private or charter schools that serve families in our neighborhood as well,” Knapp said. “The association recognizes that good schools make a good neighborhood and so we’ve been creating ways for the general community to support our schools.”