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We Sent 300 Kids Back to School with Backpacks!

Thanks to you, every one of the children supported by our Preventive Services program had a backpack filled with school supplies to start the new school year right. We collected 300 backpacks and a mountain of notebooks, binders, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue stocks, and erasers. Children shouted with glee when they picked out their backpacks at our August 23rd Back-to-School Barbecue as parents and guardians looked on with pride.

“Many families in our Preventive Services program cannot afford to buy approximately $100 worth of school supplies for each of their children,” said Jack Toone, who managed this year’s backpack drive at Leake & Watts. “It lifts a weight off their shoulders to know that their children have supplies to do their work and retain what they learn in school.”

A special thanks to Morgan Stanley, Banana Republic, Bob’s Discount Furniture, and the many other businesses and individuals who donated time and resources to support our drive.

Leake & Watts’ Preventive Services stabilizes families at risk of losing custody of their children. Our therapists work with families in their home to identify and overcome challenges, such as substance abuse, inadequate food and housing, unemployment, negative family dynamics, and other obstacles that threaten the family unit. Our services help families acquire the tools, skills, and supports they need to nurture and raise their children in a safe and secure home.