Just $10 — about the cost of a couple of large lattes — could provide a Montgomery County schools student with a free backpack full of school supplies in August.
The school system recently launched its “MCPS: Give Backpacks” drive in preparation for the next school year and has set an ambitious goal, aiming to collect enough donations to supply 50,000 students with backpacks.
Montgomery County spokesman Dana Tofig said the number of needy students in the district has grown dramatically in the past several years. The giveaway, which started in 2009, is expected to be so big this year that backpacks will be distributed to students at school instead of the district’s annual back-to-school fair held in Rockville. Last year, some families waited hours in line for a free backpack.
“The line was very long last year,” Tofig said. “Now it’s time to think of the most efficient and effective way to deliver these backpacks to students who need them closer to home.”