Group Donates 450 Backpacks Full Of Supplies 9-03-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Group Donates 450 Backpacks Full Of Supplies 9-03-2010

The first day of school is right around the corner for thousands of children across Mid-Michigan, and now hundreds of less fortunate students will be able to start class with a new backpack and supplies.
For 10 years, Heidi Liss has donated her time and money to the Tools For Learning campaign. "The reason that I do this is that I just love giving back to the kids," said Liss.
This year, she's headed up the AT&T employee program. The workers hold various fundraisers to buy school materials and backpacks, and the group said this year was a record year for collections.
The employees raised enough money to purchase more than 1,100 backpacks across Michigan in 2010. Each backpack has roughly $7 worth of school supplies, which less fortunate kids can use to succeed in school.
"It's so important. It's a confidence builder," said Dr. Craig Douglas, superintendent of the Carrollton School District. "It's that thoughtfulness that comes through and it's so genuine I would tell you what I told our staff today. They were so thrilled, so it's also a boost for our staff."
On Friday the volunteers passed out 450 backpacks to elementary schools in Saginaw County.
"It is always wonderful to partner with volunteers and the donations that we are receiving will help our parents in these hard economic times," said Gloria Rubis, superintendent of the Bridgeport-Spaulding School District.
Meanwhile, Liss said she has another reason to be involved in the program.
"My parents are retired city school teachers and we grew up hearing about the need that they witnessed, and so it's my way of giving back," said Liss.
Liss said she plans to keep on being involved in the program as long as she can, and as long as AT&T lets her.
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