Leidos QTC’s Backpack Drive Has It In the Bag!
The new school year is right around the corner, and many students are going back to the classroom after a long year of remote learning. Our staff knew this meant teachers and families greatly needed school supplies.
Last month, our Nashville Women’s Network organized a Backpack Drive that gathered more than 1,000 school supplies for the Davidson County public school system.
“With the pandemic causing so many issues last year and so many parents still struggling, we wanted to step up and make a true difference,” said Administrative Coordinator, Sr. Specialist Jennifer Waller.
They participated in United Way of Greater Nashville’s annual “Stuff the Bus” event, a donation drive where they fill UPS trucks with boxes of school supplies. Teachers across Nashville made 139 requests for supplies, and our people answered the call.
Our Nashville employees and their families filled 30 backpacks full of pencils, crayons, glue, notebooks, folders, sanitization supplies, and more. Because of the pandemic, there was an increased need for sanitizer, wipes, and tissues for both teachers and students.
“It has been a really tough year for so many families. Affording school supplies for their kids should be the last thing parents should have to worry about right now,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville in a press release.
“School supplies typically cost families up to $200 per child, and that $200 can be a real burden on parents who are wondering how they’re going to pay their rent or keep food on the table,” continued Hassett. “That’s why we are so grateful for all the companies and individuals who stepped up to give our students the resources they need to start the year off right. Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that can make the biggest difference.”
Once employees prepared the backpacks, it was time to take them to the drop-off location. Thank you to Medical Case Specialists Ashley Wilson and Lauren Pope for making the special delivery!
“We had fun doing this,” said Waller. “From stuffing the bags to planning the drive, we were proud to give back to our local community and the future of our world.”