Rep. Kerkman and Office Depot Foundation donate sackpacks to The Sharing Center

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Rep. Samantha Kerkman and the Office Depot Foundation are pleased to announce that The Sharing Center has been chosen to receive colorful new sackpacks containing essential school supplies as part of the Foundation’s 2012 National Backpack Program in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).

The sackpacks were presented to Sharon Pomaville, executive director of The Sharing Center, late last week.

“It is critical that we ensure that all youth have the supplies they need to be successful inside the classroom,” said Kerkman. “I am honored to have the opportunity to present these sackpacks to deserving students. Public-private partnerships like this are crucial during tough economic times. As Wisconsin’s NFWL Education Team Leader, I commend the Office Depot Foundation on its efforts to help children succeed by providing basic school supplies, which many of us take for granted.”

The sackpacks will supplement school supplies provided by the generosity of community members, organizations, businesses, and churches under the direction of  The Sharing Center, which will distribute the sackpacks and school supplies at their Back-To-School Supply Fair on Aug. 11.

By the end of this year, Office Depot  and the Office Depot Foundation will have helped more than 2.9 million children since this program began in 2001. NFWL has been partnering with the backpack program for seven years and, this year, the Office Depot Foundation will provide the National Foundation for Women Legislators with more than 15,000 sackpacks for distribution by women elected officials in all 50 states.

“While we are working to improve education standards and setting the stage for our children to acquire the skills and knowledge they will need in the future to be able to compete in an increasingly competitive job market, we need to make sure those in need do not have to worry about the stigma of not having school supplies,” said Kerkman.

The 2012 drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven different two-color combinations, each of which is highlighted by a unique print designed to match the color scheme. Highly contemporary in their design, they reflect and respond to changes in the ways that children are taking their materials to school. Each sackpack includes a zippered pouch containing essential back-to-school items.

Through annual educational and networking events, the National Foundation for Women Legislators supports elected women from all levels of governance. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues, but rather serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience. For more information, visit www.womenlegislators.org.

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation (tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that help children succeed in school and in life; enable civil society (non-profit) organizations to become more efficient and effective; help people and businesses prepare for disasters, then recover and rebuild afterwards; strengthen local communities through grants, product donations and volunteerism; and encourage community development through entrepreneurship and economic innovation. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.

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