The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools in collaboration with community partners Amherst Club, Amherst College, Amherst Education Foundation, Amherst Lions Club, Amherst Police Department, Amherst Rotary Club, DeMaio Orthodontics, Hampshire College, Interfaith Opportunities Network (ION), Jones Library, Starbucks of Amherst, United Way of Hampshire County, University of Massachusetts are proud to announce Project Backpack.
The Project Backpack initiative is designed to support and assist
income-eligible families in the districts to acquire the necessary and
grade-appropriate school supplies children need on the first day of
school and academic year. The goal of the program is to provide 462 back
packs for elementary students and 395 for middle and high school
students. Under the direction of the Office of the Superintendent and in
keeping with the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham and
Regional Public Schools, Project Backpack aspires toward equity of
opportunity, inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the
classroom. New backpacks and supplies will be accepted from June
1-August 31. Donations can be dropped off at the locations listed
below. Back packs and supplies will be available for distribution to
eligible families in mid-August. Families will be notified of the
distribution schedule in late July. Volunteers will be on hand to
oversee the distribution process.
“Our goal is to help ease the financial burden the start of the
school year can mean for families struggling financially” states
Superintendent Geryk. “Project Backpack is made possible by the
generosity of the entire community. This program provides backpacks
filled with appropriate, grade-level supplies to families who qualify
for income-eligible families. We have once again partnered with groups
in our community to make Project Backpack a tremendous success. In
2011, through the generosity of individuals, businesses, civic
organizations, and faith groups in the greater Amherst community, 398
backpacks with supplies were distributed. In addition, $1500 was
received in support of the project and those funds were used to purchase
additional backpacks and supplies. I am deeply grateful for the
community’s outreach, involvement and support of this initiative.”
School Supplies List
Pre-K- 5th Grade: new/unused backpacks, assignment
books, notebooks (single subject), loose leaf paper, construction paper,
drawing paper, English/Spanish dictionary, atlas, thesaurus, erasers,
2-pocket folders, glue sticks, markers, crayons, pencils #2, pens
(blue/black/red), colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases,
6th -12th Grade: new/unused backpacks, assignment
books, notebooks (single subject), loose leaf paper, graph paper,
2-pocket folders, 3-ring binders, 3-ring pencil cases, calculators
(basic, scientific, or graphing), rulers, protractors, compasses, flash
drives, English dictionary, English/Spanish dictionary, atlas,
thesaurus, pens (blue/black/red), pencils #2
Drop Off Locations
23 Pray St.
Edward Jones Financial Advisors
17 Pray St. & 495 West St. Suite #1
25 University Dr.
Jones Library (Children’s Room)
43 Amity St.
Jones Town & Country Realtors
200 Triangle St.
373 Northampton Rd.
Lone Wolf Restaurant
63 Main St.
Office of the Superintendent
170 Chestnut St.
Sub & Pizza Restaurant
33 East Pleasant St.