CAMDEN, N.J. — As the new school year inches closer and closer and kids get ready to hit the books, County and City officials, Liberty Park Neighborhood Association, EMR — a metal recycling company — and other partners distributed free backpacks to children in the Liberty Park Estates recently.
Families with children in elementary school through high school will spend approximately $696.70 this year per child in preparation for the new school year, up from $684.79 in 2018, according to the National Retail Federation.
Freeholder Jonathan Young, who helped distribute the backpacks to the children, said how something as small as having a new backpack can make a significant difference for a child.
“Not having a backpack, or having a backpack in poor condition, significantly lowers your ability to get to school prepared and to get home with the materials you need,” Young said in a statement. “The fewer hurdles you place between a child and their education, the more likely they are to achieve academic success. Something as small as making sure a child has a proper backpack can remove a major hurdle.”
The backpack giveaway featured family fun activities including food and a moon bounce.