It’s the first week of school and is doing its part to help ensure local students are prepared.
During Flag Friday at in Lake Elsinore, schoolchildren in need of backpacks got them today as part of Costco’s Fresh Start Backpack Program.
“Thanks for working so hard!” Melanie Cannon, Costco business marketing representative, told the Railroad Canyon K-5 student body gathered in the school’s quad Friday morning.
The national Fresh Start program awards backpacks to schools that show need and high academic achievement, Cannon explained.
“Railroad Canyon was selected (to receive the backpacks) because it is our newest elementary to be recognized as a 2011 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award winning school,” said Mark Dennis, LEUSD coordinator of community and media relations.
"The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I is the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education. Title I funds assist schools in meeting the educational needs of students living near or at the poverty level. Of the more than 9,000 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program," according to the California Department of Education.
in Wildomar will also earn backpacks from Costco for its distinction as a nominee finalist for the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Award to be announced in September by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Dennis said.
William Collier is combining its backpack distribution with its Friday evening “Back to School Night” starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will include a backpack decorating activity for students, Dennis said.
public and private elementary, middle and high schools. Students at Blue Ribbon Schools achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and have helped close achievement gaps, particularly among disadvantaged and minority students.
Cannon said all of Costco’s charitable programs are focused on the nation’s youth.
“It’s always about the children,” she said.