Backpacks galore were distributed to the children of Newark, New Jersey by Kars4Kids on August 6, in the run-up to the first day back to school. Director of Communications Wendy Kirwan talked about the reason behind this effort, which was held in conjunction with Newark’s National Night Out to help prepare local children for school:
“The effort to ensure that these children have not only sufficient, but new equipment for the beginning of the new school year, is crucial,” said Kirwan. “At the heart of our mission, it’s about children not feeling less than their peers because they have a hand-me-down backpack that’s falling apart at the seams, or worse, no backpack at all.”
We don’t want kids walking into school embarrassed. We want kids to walk into school with smiles on their faces,” said Kirwan, who explained, “There’s an emotional component to learning. Kids who feel good, accomplish more in school.”
The event, held in three area parks, had a terrific turnout, even though it temporarily looked as though the weather would force a cancellation. The organizers decided, however, that even rain would not put a stop to getting kids outfitted for school and tents were on hand in case of need.
There were entertainment and refreshments for all the participants, free of charge. Here is one little girl who got her face painted pink, to match her outfit and brand new backpack. She looked to be having a terrific time!
Here’s to a wonderful new year of learning, for all our children.