Foster care ‘back to school’ backpack drive

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-The first day of school can be scary for children in foster care. A local organization is making sure every one of those kids is ready to have the best day. 

StepStone Family and Youth Services is holding a backpack drive to help Kentucky foster students in need. 

They are asking for donations of new or gently used backpacks as well as any school supplies, like notebooks, folders or pencils. 

You might ask why now, in September, after the first day of school? For foster care children, they may have to relive that day. 

“It’s intimidating for anybody, especially someone who has gone through so much trauma and is transitioning at such an awkward time. That just having something that is theirs with all of the things that they could possibly need for school just helps set them up for success and gives them a little bit more confidence,” said StepStone Foster Parent Recruiter Trainer Kayla Cannon. 

You can drop off the backpacks at four different locations until September 30th: StepStone’s Office, the Historic Railpark, the Creative Learning Daycare and Guaranteed Pest Control.