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September 21, 2016

Back-to-Backpacks

A back-to-school block party in Salt Lake City provides children with school supplies and eye exams

The Salvation Army Salt Lake City Corps hosted their annual Back-To-School Bash last month, a community block party for families on the west side of Salt Lake City.

The event provided 250 elementary school children with a fun party and a backpack full of donated school supplies. The Utah Ophthalmology Society also provided free eye exams and identified 17 children who needed glasses.

Research shows that families can spend up to $200 on school supplies. The Salvation Army’s hope was that they could free low-income families from spending that money so they can use it to fulfill other essential needs. The backpacks were filled with notebooks, crayons, glue sticks, rulers, colored markers, pens and pencil boxes.

“We hosted our big back-to-school celebration to give kids who need a head start, a positive step in the right direction, “said Captain Troy Trimmer from the Salvation Army Salt Lake City Corps. “When kids have the proper tools they need, success in school can be much easier to achieve.”

The backpacks and supplies came from private contributions and donations from Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, Shopko, Cricket Wireless and Latinos in Action.

Mike Dale resides in Salt Lake City, UT.

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