By Tamiyha Thompson
DELRAY BEACH – At least 6,000 students will return to school with the essential school supplies, thanks to Office Depot, which donated the colorful new “sackpacks” on Thursday.
Gov. Rick Scott was on hand at the event held at the Office Depot store, 14539 Military Trail.
“We are extremely proud of the fact that we are able to invest in our future leaders and that they are able to go back to school with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. “We are pleased to be able to give them the tools to be successful in school as well as to be on the same level playing field as every other child.”
More than 100,000 Palm Beach County students have benefitted from this award-winning National Backpack Program over the past seven years. In Palm Beach County, Office Depot provides the sackpacks to nonprofit organizations and agencies, which then distribute them to disadvantaged students they serve from the elementary to high school level.
In 2013, the Foundation will have donated 300,000 sackpacks to admirable children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries through the program, which is in its 13thyear, organizers said.
Detective Darryl Hunter accepted the supplies for the Delray Beach Police Department, which will continue its longstanding program. Hunter and colleagues will distribute the sackpacks to area youth in the coming weeks.