Thousands of children in Montgomery County need some help with school supplies.
The start of classes is less than a week away and the Montgomery County school system is asking for donations to ensure students living in poverty have all the supplies they need for the start of the school year.
The school system's Give BACKpacks campaign is raising money to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need, which will be distributed at the start of this school year this coming Monday.
A $10 donation buys one backpack and around $153,000 has already been raised which will provide more than 17,000 backpacks to students at 43 county schools. And while that is more than what was raised for last school year, those backpacks would still only reach a third of students considered to be at the poverty level in county schools.
Nearly 52,000 county students receive free and reduced-price meals, which is the chief indicator used to determine whether or not a student is in poverty.
For more information and to donate, visit MCPSgivebackpacks.org or call 301-279-3100.