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American Licorice, Kids in Need Foundation to Donate Backpacks to New Haven Students

All students at Emanuele and Searles elementary schools with receive backpacks and school supplies when they return to school Wednesday morning. Costco is also donating backpacks to Hillview Crest Elementary School.

and elementary students will be in for a big surprise when they return to school tomorrow morning.

For the second year in the row, is partnering with national nonprofit Kids in Need Foundation to give back to the local community, supplying backpacks and school supplies for 1,300 students. (Read about last year's donation .)

American Licorice, which makes the popular Red Vines candy at its Union City plant, and Kids in Need also donated backpacks to Achieve Academy elementary school in Oakland last week.

“This grant from American Licorice ensures that many East Bay students will have the essential school supplies they need to help them succeed in the coming year,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director of the Kids In Need Foundation, in a statement. “These new backpacks filled with supplies will give them confidence on their first day of school.”

According to the New Haven Unified School District, Costco will also donate 200 backpacks filled with school supplies for students. Costco’s gesture is not affiliated with American Licorice and Kids in Need’s donation.

The district also reports that thousands of items were collected during the third annual “,” held earlier this month at Walmart in Union Landing.

Notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons and other supplies will be delivered to schools once they are sorted, the district said.

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Don August 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
First, thank you American Licorice. With that out of the way, why do kids the age of those in the photo, or any elimentary school student, need a back pack? Back in the day I certainly didn't have or need one. What's up with that?
Mike Queener August 29, 2012 at 02:01 AM
There are many new grants for elementary education posted on Grantwatch.com http://www.grantwatch.com/ Nonprofits may be interested in applying for this grant: Grants to Connecticut Non-Profit Organizations for Projects that Benefit the Needy Deadline: 10/26/2012 Grants to local Connecticut non-profit organizations that provide quality, innovative programs that meet community needs in a wide range of areas, with an emphasis on projects that promote education and encourage home ownership. LINK: http://www.grantwatch.com/grant/129637/grants+to+connecticut+non+profit+organizations++for+projects+that+benefit+the+needy.html Best of Luck in finding grants, Mike Queener

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