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The Canby Center wants to make a dent in student's school supply needs with program

Going back to school is an exciting event for children and youth. But some children don't get the chance to come fully prepared. They need a backpack and supplies to be ready and willing to have fun while learning.

Unfortunately, some students don't get that chance because their parents can't afford to buy them the necessary items.

Enter The Canby Center. The service-oriented nonprofit follows its mission: "In God's Love, we renew dignity and inspire learning for youth and families." It offers growing programs through expanding partnerships with local churches, service clubs, donors and the Canby School District.

This year, as in the past 10 years, the center will hold a Backpack Drive so students don't need to worry or think they are at a disadvantage before they even start school. The Canby Center is collecting everything necessary for students entering kindergarten through grade 12.

The most important item is a backpack. These carry assignments and books home and back to school. The quality is important so that they last all year. It's hard and embarrassing, especially for younger children, to carry a ripped or torn pack.

The Canby Center hopes to have 300 backpacks collected by Aug. 11 and is well on its way. Last year the Center gave away 260 and its staff is hoping to care for all the students that need one.

Because school supplies mostly are provided by the district, the main items students need to bring the first day are a back pack and a water bottle. As in past years, the district has purchased and will distribute items such as crayons, pencils, glue sticks, scissors, composition notebooks, colored pencils, tissues, cleaning wipes, markers, dry erase markers, Ziploc bags, pocket folders, sharpies and rulers. If donors want to provide other supplies, they can find a list on the Center's web page, www.thecanbycenter.org.

The backpacks can be delivered to The Canby Center, 681 SW 2nd Ave. during its hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Bins also are available at the Canby Public Library, Canby Alliance Church, Gwynne's Coffeehouse, Bethany Evangelical, Canby Foursquare Church and Fred Meyers. People that would like to volunteer or organizations that would like to help collect the backpacks should contact Kathleen Hanberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"We're so grateful for all the help and volunteers that are helping us this year," said Hanberg, the Center's Reading Mentors program manager.

People hoping to receive a backpack can sign up in early August at the Canby Center for any student from kindergarten through grade 12. Sign-ups begin in early August at the Canby Center. Everyone must sign up for a back pack before the event. Those providing the back packs should make sure to get a receipt because all donations are tax deductible.

The backpacks will be distributed pm the evening of Aug. 22. There will be music and a barbeque hosted by the Canby Police Association.


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