City of Austin backpack drive helps disadvantaged kids

Backpacks for Hope
Backpacks for Hope

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As kids gear up for back-to-school week, the City of Austin is joining in the cause to donate backpacks to disadvantaged kids.

“This year employees have collected 546 backpacks stuffed full of school supplies for our students, in addition to several boxes of school supplies,” said Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano.

Every backpack was donated by a City of Austin employee as a part of the “Build a Backpack” school supplies drive. 

This is the ninth consecutive year the City of Austin, Austin ISD and Austin Partners in Education have collaborated for this program.

This year’s backpacks will go to students at Cook, Guerrero-Thompson, Hart, Pecan Springs, and Zavala elementary schools, Martin and Webb middle schools, International and Gardner Betts high schools, and Webb Pre-K. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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