On August 21, more than 75 AARP volunteers including members of the RI Retired Teachers Association and local AARP chapters helped local students when they joined with volunteers from 17 other community organizations to participate in the Annual Back to School RI Backpack distribution event.
This event provides 16,000 school children from diverse and low-income families with back packs stuffed with necessary school supplies to start their school year prepared to learn. The children were accompanied by parents and/or guardians who assisted the children with the back packs.
The back packs had been previously stuffed in late July at the Providence Journal Warehouse by more than 250 volunteers from all over the state.
Eleven sites around the state were selected to be distribution centers for the filled back packs. They included:
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