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Published: Sunday, 5/26/2013

Owens' Alumni Association's 'Backpack to the Future' program gives supplies to those in need


As another school year comes to an end, many students are once again placing their backpacks in storage or are discarding them entirely in anticipation of buying next fall’s latest fashion trend.

Owens Community College’s Alumni Association is again organizing a gently-used backpack collection drive.

Gently-used or new backpacks and new school supplies collected from area residents, as part of the “Backpack to the Future” program, will be given to low-income elementary school children throughout northwest Ohio.

“There are many low-income families that can barely afford to pay their bills, and may not be able to provide their children with new supplies," said Kaye Koevenig, Owens Community Service Chair of the Alumni Association.

In addition, people can donate crayons, markers, bottles of glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencils, pink erasers, school boxes, pocket folders, marbled covered composition books and Kleenex tissues. Area residents can bring charitable donations to the Office of Alumni Relations at the Perrysburg Township campus and the Education Center Atrium on the Findlay campus.

Since establishing the program in 2004, the alumni group has given 2,881 backpacks and 54,243 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout northwest Ohio.

For more information or to make a donation, contact the Owens Alumni Relations Office at 567-661-7876, 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7876 or

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