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More than 1,200 backpacks filled as part of 2023 Tools for School drive

More than 1,200 students across 30 communities in northwestern Alberta will be heading back to class next month with a little extra thanks to the 2023 Tools for School drive.

In a post on social media, United Way Alberta Northwest officials say they are humbled and elated by the success of the annual event, and it comes down to the generosity to those across the region who are making a difference for kids of all ages not only this year but for years to come.

We are reminded that it’s not just about backpacks filled with supplies; it’s about investing in the future, nurturing aspirations, and fostering a love for learning. Each backpack carries within it the promise of potential and the belief that education can truly change lives.”

In all, the yearly supply drive filled 1,238 requests for students at 96 schools in 30 communities across northwestern Alberta. Officials say while students in nearly every grade had requests granted, supplies for students in Grades 2 and 4 represented the largest demand.

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The Tools for School initiative takes place yearly as volunteers sort and fill backpacks with various school supplies, including scissors, exercise books, pencil crayons, graphic paper, and pencil sharpeners, with the bags dropped off to those who requested a helping hand before the first day of class.

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