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Northport students raise funds and backpacks for United Way

May 22, 2016
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                                                       Photo by Dave Myette
Miss Woddley (R) and her students

Former Chair of the United Way of Bruce and Grey, Dave Myette, recently stopped by Northport Elementary School in Port Elgin where he was presented with proceeds from the 'Me2We' program. 

 

Miss Woodley's class raised funds, backpacks and other items for the backpack initiative that ensures all elementary school students begin each school year in September with supplies.

The backpack program began approximately ten years ago to provide young students through out Bruce and Grey with backpacks filled with items needed to start the school year and to ensure that no child starts the first day of school appearing 'poor'. 

Each year, the need has grown.  In 2008, the need tripled to 1,240 when the government cut the back-to-school allowance for families on government assistance.  Two years, later the number had reached almost 2,000 and has shown no signs of slowing down. 

"This is a great example of kids learning from an early age the benefit and pleasure of helping those less fortunate in our communities," said Myette.  "Miss Woodley is teaching these students more than just the curriculum, she’s teaching them how to be generous citizens.”

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