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Backpack Project supports youth on the move

Posted: Friday, Aug 30th, 2013

Project representatives include Anna Speed, Ellen White, Anna Craven, Vicki Snyder-Chura, Brett Johnson, Mike Dale, Nick Dreska, Tasha Hacaga, Javier Zepeda, Kathy Brown, Brittany House and Rhayne Erickson. (Photo by Tatler staff photographer Elwood Cook)

ROCHELLE — A survey of Ogle County Social Service agencies last spring revealed a need of backpacks for use when minors are forced to leave their homes. Social workers and clients of HOPE Domestic Violence Shelter reported that plastic garbage bags are being used, but students and staff at Rochelle Township High School we felt kids should have something sturdy in which to store personal possessions and keepsakes. HOPE director Ruth Carter said she can use at least 30 backpacks this year.

So, like Rock Valley College students have collected suitcases in Winnebago County, the RTHS family is collecting backpacks for children in Ogle County.

For the complete article see the 08-29-2013 issue.

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