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Freshmen in the district's Summer Bridge Program to receive backpack, supplies

COURTESY PHOTO: INTEL INVOLVED - Volunteers with the school supply drive were able to collect enough materials to give every student in the HSDs 8.5 Summer Bridge Program a backpack filled with supplies.Several hundred freshmen in the Hillsboro School District will start school this fall with a new backpack full of school supplies, after local Intel employees spent weeks collecting materials for the students in need.

Bins were set up in work areas across Intel's Hillsboro-area campuses to collect the materials.

At the end of the supply drive, they contributed enough for all 240 students in the district's 8.5 Summer Bridge Program, which "supports students identified by their counselors as needing additional support for the transition to high school."

"The program helps students entering all four high schools ensure academic success by focusing on skill development, leadership, and college/career readiness," said Donna Maleki, Intel's Community Engagement Manager.

On top of the backpacks and supplies, students receieved letters of encouragement from Intel volunteers written in both English and Spanish "to express their encouragement and support during this difficult time of transition," Maleki said.

"Intel is committed to being an asset to our communities worldwide," she said.

The company's Intel Involved volunteer program encourages employees to generously donate technology expertise and other skills to local schools.

Across Intel, the company has donated "more than 1 million hours each year to address environmental challenges, improve education, and help meet other community needs," Maleki said.

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