Backpack donations help Amherst students

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of young people from Amherst will have the tools they need to go back to school, thanks to the generosity of people in the community. For weeks, the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have been collecting backpacks, school supplies, and money donations from supporters including the five colleges, residents and local businesses.

“Project Backack” aims to help families that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the notebooks, crayons, pencils and backpacks for their children. Kimberly Stender of the school system told 22News that they collected enough to outfit more than 400 students.

But it wasn’t just about backpacks at the Middle School  on Monday.

“If parents need car seats, or toddler seats, booster seats, they can come as well and they have people who will inspect their vehicles and then install the car seats for free,” Stender said.

Those car seats were donated. Stender said more than a thousand families are income-eligible in Amherst for these free services.

If you signed up for the program, Project Backpack pickups will also be held Tuesday at Amherst Middle School from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

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