Backpacks for children in need; NEWS10 in the Classroom

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Updated: 8/04 5:58 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – One local program kicked off in Albany to help children in need, as the start of a new school year approaches.

Local teen volunteers gathered at the Cap Com Federal Credit Union’s new headquarters to fill over 500 backpacks with school supplies for local children in need.

The program is funded by the Cap Com Cares Foundation in an effort to ensure that children whose families are facing economic hardships get what they need.

The backpacks are filled with all the essentials like notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and rulers.

"This year we were able to partner with some of are more under-served schools in the region to identify some families where that really can’t afford to send their kids back to school with all of the items they will need for success in the classroom so it really is a tool for teachers as well,” said Theresa Petrone with Cap Com.

"It makes me feel really good to know that I’m helping kids have supplies that they wouldn't have otherwise and kids that are in there situations and the school supplies being able to study and do well with school could potentially get them out of that,” said Ethan Carter, a 2014 Shenendehowa graduate.

The backpacks will be delivered to several under-served elementary schools enrolled in Cap Com's school banking program.

This is the sixteenth year the foundation has been putting these back to school backpacks program together.

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