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Freddie, Tony, Izaiah and Syntiah Freeman check out their brand new backpacks and school supplies Saturday morning during the fourth annual Catholic Community Services Back to School. The event helps ensure low-income children have their basic classroom needs so they can have a great school year. (JAMIE LAMPROS/Standard Examiner Correspondent)

OGDEN – Catholic Community Services is accepting donations in preparation for its annual Backpack Bonanza on August 13. Donations for the drive are being accepted through August 5 at CCS, 2504 F Ave., and United Way of Northern Utah, 2955 Harrison Blvd., Suite 201.

Items needed for collection include basic school supplies such as notebooks, pens and pencils, shirts and backpacks.

At the start of each school year, millions of families struggle to afford necessary school supplies. According to the 2019 Huntington Backpack Index, the latest available survey data, approximately $1,017.37 was needed per elementary school student.

These costs increase significantly as children progress through their education, with high school student supplies, fees, and materials totaling $1,667.90.

Through the CCS program, approximately 1,000 children in the region receive backpacks and school supplies needed to continue their studies.

In addition to providing school supplies through the Backpack Bonanza at the Ogden Schools Foundation’s MarketStar Resource Center, CCS ensures children in the district have food through its Bridging the Gap program, as well as warm coats and shoes in the winter.

Ogden School Foundation Executive Director Brynn Murdock said they are extremely grateful for the support families receive from CCS.

“To support Catholic Community Services is to support the children of Ogden,” Murdock said.

To participate in the Backpack Bonanza, families must fall 185% below the federal poverty level. Acceptable forms to determine eligibility include a current CCS food card or state-issued ID and utility bill.


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