Updated: 7/24/2013 3:00 P.M.
Normally, students stuff their backpacks with books and school supplies.
But Wednesday a group of high schoolers stuffed a storage area with about a thousand backpacks
They've all been donated as part of the United Way Alliance's sixth annual program to provide backpacks to eligible back to school youngsters.
Students from Parkersburg, Parkersburg South and Parkersburg Catholic High Schools took part in getting the packs ready for delivery to eight West Virginia county school systems, and Belpre City Schools in Ohio.
"As a teacher, and as someone who lives in the area, I see more and more need for children to see these supplies donated to them," says Maria Bailey, volunteer and cheer coach for Parkersburg South High School. "We are constantly asking the community for donations, so we try to find every opportunity possible to give back to the community in ways like this."
The packs include the basic supplies kids need for school-including pencils and pens, folders, rulers-as well as crayons for the younger kids.
They'll be available for all grades...from kindergarten right through high school.
Wednesday United Way Alliance volunteers were working to give nearly 1,000 kids the chance to go back to school prepared.
Volunteers stuffed backpacks full of age appropriate school supplies and dental pouches.
This is the first year the United Way Alliance received a grant from the WVU School of Dentistry to provide kids a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and oral health information.
Volunteers from a couple of civic organizations and local high schools donated their time and efforts to help.
"This is a great representative for our community. It's a good way for all of us here - teams at PHS, Parkersburg South- to come together and work together in the community. It's a good opportunity for everyone to come out. It's a great cause," said Hollie Burrows, a PSHS junior and cheerleader.
Jillie Wiseman, a freshman at Parkersburg Catholic High School said "We (Jillie and Kate Clowes) wanted to come out here just to help the kids because we've had all this stuff and we thought it would be good to give back."
Kids in need in eight surrounding counties-Calhoun, Jackson, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, Wood, and Washington- will be receiving the backpacks.
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