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Ms. Matthews from Mount Olive NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Your Key to Success: Backpack Buddies

Help me give my students full stomachs and a love for books on the weekends.

  • $3,528 goal

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My Students

Have you heard the saying, "Feed the brain and save the child?" Well, the BackPack Buddies program feeds needy students. As a member of a close-knit community, the BackPack Buddies program at the elementary school is a project that has been taken on by the BETA at the junior-senior high school. Due to Hurricane Florence, our need is greater than normal and our love for mankind has increased.

The BackPack Buddies initiative provides nutritious foods and a grade level book to low-income households.

We want to promote giving from the heart in the Intensive Needs classroom and being involved with community service projects instill core values.

My Project

We are passionate about helping students in need and what a better way than the Backpack Buddies program. Our small school is in a rural community but we have huge amounts of love. Seeing happy smiling kids mean the world to us. Our students are dedicated and excited about helping fellow students in need. The snacks and a reading book will be distributed to the delegate in charge of the BackPack Buddies program.

Donating non-perishable food and a good book is a small way of saying we care about your struggle.

Each BackPack Buddies bag contain food and a grade level book for an at-risk elementary student without compromising his/her dignity.

Ms. Matthews
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Staples 17" Assorted Backpacks, Case of 40 (51865) • Staples Advantage $300.19 2 $600.38
FR150X - First Little Readers - Complete Library • Lakeshore Learning Materials $229.00 1 $229.00
Guided Reading Collection: Kindergarten Above Level (20 Books) • AKJ Education $108.56 2 $217.12
Guided Reading Collection: Level G Fiction and Nonfiction Combo (40 books) • AKJ Education $156.77 1 $156.77
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 6 At Level (20 Books) • AKJ Education $138.99 1 $138.99
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 5 Below Level (20 Books) • AKJ Education $119.44 1 $119.44
Let's Find Out: My Rebus Readers (Multiple Copy Set) - Box of 144 Books / 24 Titles (6 Copies Each) / Pre-K–K • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $99.00 1 $99.00
Del Monte Cherry Mixed Fruit Cups, 4 oz, 16 Count (220-00745) • Staples Advantage $19.79 5 $98.95
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 1 Above Level (20 Books) • AKJ Education $97.00 1 $97.00
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 2 At Level (20 Books) • AKJ Education $91.86 1 $91.86
Kar's Variety Pack, 24 Bags/Box (KAR08361) • Staples Advantage $22.49 4 $89.96
Community Helpers, Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Grades 1 - 2 - Box of 6 titles, 6 copies each title / - / Grades 1–2 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $89.00 1 $89.00
Sports Talk, Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Grades 1 - 2 - Box of 6 titles, 6 copies each title / - / Grades 1–2 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $89.00 1 $89.00
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts Variety Pack 48 Count (56173) • Staples Advantage $42.49 2 $84.98
GoGo Applesauce on the Go Squeeze Pouch, 20 Count (MNA04331) • Staples Advantage $19.99 4 $79.96
Big Healthy Snack Box (700-00025) • Staples Advantage $71.39 1 $71.39
Best of Grades K–1 Picture Books Pack ( Exclusive) - Box of 20 titles / Grades K-1 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $70.00 1 $70.00
Frito Lay Variety Pack, Variety Snack Mix, 60 Bags/Case (FRI52347) • Staples Advantage $34.99 2 $69.98
Welch's Fruit Snacks .9 Ounce Pouches Mixed Fruit, Pack of 80 (PIM69880) • Staples Advantage $25.99 2 $51.98
KOOL-AID JAMMERS Juice Pouch Variety Pack, 6 oz, 40 Count (220-00775) • Staples Advantage $15.99 3 $47.97
Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, & Strawberry, 48/Case • Staples Advantage $22.99 2 $45.98
Austin Cracker Cookie Variety Pack, 45 count • Staples Advantage $14.99 3 $44.97

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