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Backpack Program

posted Jun 17, 2010, 8:42 AM by Paul Adams   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 6:08 AM by Ken Saunders ]
The parish Outreach Committee adopted a local backpack program for Camp Creek Elementary School first graders for the fall. They asked parishioners to either provide a fully supplied backpack or to donate, through the church offerings, an amount of $55.00 that was used to purchase the backpack with the needed items.

On Saint James Day, July 25, five parish youth brought forth 33 backpacks to present as part of the offering gifts. The Reverend Carolyn W. Isley then blessed the backpacks with a prayer. On Thursday, August 5, Conan and Janet Rudd and Bob Strimer delivered the backpacks to Camp Creek where teachers helped bring them to a first grade classroom. Jane Bell, parishioner and the school's principal, shared photographs of the proud new backpack owners.

The fall issue of the East Tennessee Episcopalian will feature an article with more details about this worthwhile program.

Each backpack contains: 

  • 1 – one-inch three ring binder 
  • Pencil pouch for binder 
  • 2 dry erase markers 
  • 1 box of 24 crayons 
  • 1 pair safety scissors 
  • 2 glue sticks (please, no glue bottles) 
  • 2 pkg. #2 yellow pencils 
  • 1 small pencil box (8” x 5”) 
  • 1 container of disinfectant wipes 
  • 2 large packages of pencil-top erasers 
  • 2 boxes Kleenex-type tissues (the flat rectangular ones for better storage) 
  • 1 old mismatched sock to be used as an eraser 
  • 1 box of Ziploc-type sandwich sized plastic bags