While summer vacation is still here for another month, the Thames Valley Education Foundation (TVEF), United Way Elgin Middlesex and The Salvation Army London Community and Family Services are starting early in partnering together for the 2022 Best First Day community-wide backpack drive.
For over 20 years, the initiative has been working over the summer months to gather backpacks and various school supplies to make sure children have the opportunity to “start the school year off right.”
“Best First Day’s goal is to provide support to the families that need it so they can focus on their basic needs,” said Jackie Ellefsen, TVEF lead. “The reality is that backpacks and supplies cost money and for some families, that cost is weighed against buying food, clothing or shelter. We want to lift some of that burden and do our best to ensure that every student walks into class in September with the supplies they need to learn.”