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Migrant Program students get backpacks for back to school

Migrant Program backpack giveaway  Migrant Program backpack giveaway

Migrant Program backpack giveaway  Migrant Program backpack giveaway

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Aug. 1, 2019) — Students in EPISD’s Migrant Program are back-to-school ready thanks in part to the donation of school supplies they’ll receive as part of the District’s second annual backpack giveaway.

More than 300 participating students will receive backpacks filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, paper and other supplies they need to be successful in the classroom.  First day of school in EPISD is Aug. 12.

The supplies come in handy for families who may otherwise have to spend money on back-to-school essentials during tight economic times.

“I have three siblings, so it can be hard for my parents to buy all of us school supplies,” Coronado High School sophomore Victor Salcido said. “We are thankful and excited to put these supplies to use in the classroom.”

EPISD used federal Title 1 funds to buy the supplies, which benefit students from pre-kinder all the way to 12th grade.

“This is a two-day event and so far, we have had a great turn out,” EPISD Migrant Coordinator Edward Martinez said. “This is our second year doing this so hopefully next year we will have more stability and we expect to serve the migrant population more efficiently and more effectively.”

Local health clinics were also at hand offering free vaccines to those who attended the event.

Story and photos by Hector Gonzalez