Backpack and school supply giveaway

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RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Mad River Local Schools gave away more than one thousand backpacks filled with school supplies to local students, Monday.

It was part of their Back-to-School Kick-Off event.

School Superintendent Chad Wyen said it’s all about giving kids the materials they need to succeed this school year, so they’re ready to learn when they get back in the classroom.

“There is nothing more important than a student coming to school with a brand new book-bag ready to learn,” Wyen said.

“We never want a student to feel like they’re not ready for school, especially for the first day of school. So we’re excited to have this participation today and just be able to give back to our community and get them ready for the 2018-2019 school year.”

The backpacks were stuffed with binders, paper, markers, pencils, and pens. They were all free-of-charge to local kids – and all possible thanks to a partnership with faith-based group, Hope For Riverside.

The group of churches worked to solicit donations and pack the bags ahead of today’s family-friendly community picnic where students could collect the goods.

This, in addition to four other sites where teachers and staff passed out the school supplies and hosted a lunch for students.

Dan Powell, lead pastor at Calvary Open Bible Church said it’s all about setting the tone for the school year.

“You have something fresh, and something new that you can start the year and feel good about, and go in on that first day with anticipation of having a great year,” Powell said.

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