Students getting packs to go back

Education: Kits for Kids program helps students fit in

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 09:38 am

Todd Schmekel, Foothills School Division assistant superintendent of learning services (left), thanks Calgary TELUS Community Ambassadors Garry McIvor and Lesley Ritchie for the their  donation of 130 backpacks which will be distributed to students who need them in the fall.
Todd Schmekel, Foothills School Division assistant superintendent of learning services (left), thanks Calgary TELUS Community Ambassadors Garry McIvor and Lesley Ritchie for the their donation of 130 backpacks which will be distributed to students who need them in the fall.
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There’s a pretty good chance the first thing 130 students are going to use up among their school supplies is their glue sticks when they go back to class this fall.

The sticky stick is just one of several items in the more than 130 backpacks which will be donated to Foothills School Division students through the Telus’ Kits for Kids programs.

“After that first week of school we receive these so many beautifully made ‘Thank-you’ cards from the students, that I am sure they use up there glue sticks in that very first day,” said Lesley Ritchie, Telus’ Community Ambassador president for the Calgary area. “We had one little girl tell us that she puts her backpack in a special place before she goes to sleep because she doesn’t want to lose it.”

The Kits for Kids program has helped FSD students sleep better for the past three years now, after expanding from its Calgary base to the rural areas.

The backpacks come with plenty of school supplies including a calculator, pens, papers and an assortment of other stuff to help stimulate young minds.

They were donated to division in late July and principals and administration at Foothills schools, including those pre-high school facilities in Okotoks, based on economic need.

Backpacks are also a part of a student’s school wear as much as a pair of sneakers or blue jeans, they help students fit in.

Steps are taken to ensure students don’t’ get ostracized or teased because they have one of the Telus backpacks.

Ritchie said there is no advertising, Telus logo on the pack to indicated a student has received a donated backpack.

Since 2007, TELUS Community Ambassadors have assembled and donated almost 40,000 Kits for Kids. These backpacks are filled with basic school supplies and distributed to inner city schools across Canada.


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