Backpacks for needy children, Friday, Nov. 12
PRESS RELEASE FROM BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS
The North Carolina School Social Workers’ Association (NCSSWA) has been selected to receive approximately 1,400 backpacks for needy children. Ms. Lisa Phillips, state coordinator of the North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP), joined with NCSSWA to distribute the much needed supplies to school aged children across the state.
In partnership with Feed the Children, an international relief organization, NCHEP will receive the backpacks. Ms. Phillips will oversee the distribution of the student backpacks filled with school supplies, non-perishable food, books, and personal care items at the close of the NCSSWA conference at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville on November 12, 2010. The backpacks will be released to those school social workers who are in attendance at the conference for their use within their school districts across the state.
Nationally, there were over 1.5 million children and youth identified as homeless in 2008. In North Carolina alone, there were almost 17,000 school aged children identified as homeless during the 2007-2008 school year.
The N.C. Homeless Education Program, which is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s SERVE Center, has authority and programmatic oversight of educational services for homeless students. NCHEP provides collaboration and training to local educational agencies to ensure that homeless children have access to quality public education.
Feed the Children, with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is one of the largest international charities in the United States. In 2008, Feed the Children coordinated the delivery of more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families. Feed the Children distributed 100,000 backpacks across the nation during the 2008-2009 school year and their plans are to increase that number to 120,000 for the 2009-2010 school year. Through the partnership between NCHEP and NCSSWA, homeless children in North Carolina will get their share of help.