Local community leaders are devoting two hours on Tuesday to personally deliver backpacks filled with school supplies to 5,800 students attending 10 Title 1 elementary schools located in Hamilton County. They will be at Hardy Elementary on Tuesday from 9-11 handing out the backpacks.
The Back to School community outreach collaborative, The Nehemiah Project, is hosted by Front Porch Alliance. Since creating the project in 2000, the Front Porch Alliance, in partnership with a team of sponsors and volunteers, has equipped more than 85,000 Hamilton County Department of Education elementary students with the necessary supplies to start the new school year.
Other volunteers will also deliver backpacks at the following schools between 9-11 a.m.: Clifton Hills Elementary, East Lake Elementary, Eastside Elementary, Orchard Knob Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, Hixson Elementary, Woodmore Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary and Bess T. Shepard Elementary.
There will be more than 200 volunteers hand delivering backpacks to more than 5,800 Hamilton County elementary students.
After discovering the number of children who came to school without sufficient supplies, the Front Porch Alliance started the Nehemiah Project in 2000. This project was created to ensure students had the necessary tools and supplies to do well in school.
Each backpack is valued at $31 and will contains the following supplies: 24 count Crayola crayons, 150 count wide ruled notebook paper, pencil sharpener, a dozen #2 pencils, 12 count colored pencils, two glue sticks and a ruler.
Community partners of the 17th Annual Nehemiah Project are: City Church, Abba's House, Chick Fil A, J103, Anglican Church of the Redeemer, Salvation Army, Rock Point, New Monumental Baptist Church, Resurrected Baptist, Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Dynamic Church, River Church, Catoosa Homeschool Co-op, Metropolitan Tabernacle, Covenant Transport, Net Specialties, Cop Church, Cadence Coffee, Office Depot, Walmart, Top Flight, The Gideon’s and hundreds of community volunteers.