2013-08-29 / Around Town

Backpacks and Books Distributed

Volunteers Katie Blithe and Joann Ferris from BankNewport distributed children's books at the Back to School Celebration at the EBCAP Health Center. A Back to School Celebration backpack distribution event was held at the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) Health Center on Aug. 17. Each year, the BTS Celebration distributes free backpacks filled with school supplies at 11 locations throughout Rhode Island on the same day. BankNewport was the proud sponsor of the Newport location.

Nearly 500 backpacks were distributed to Newport County youth and families at this free event. Children filled their backpacks with books to begin building their athome library. More than 2,500 of the 3,500 children's books donated by the community during the bank’s summer book drive are now being enjoyed by the families.

At the Newport event, Bank- Newport and local AARP chapter volunteers distributed the free backpacks and books, and representatives from various community agencies were on hand to provide important educational and human services information to families.

The remaining 1,000 books will be distributed by Books Are Wings and EBCAP at upcoming local children’s literacy events, while the 400 remaining backpacks were distributed to local agencies – Baby Steps, Boys & Girls Clubs, Child & Family Services, EBCAP, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and Newport Housing Authority – to share with those families unable to attend the event.

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