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BAK-PAK-A-Kid program ending after 11 years

The 11-year old program is ending.
Posted on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — A program that gave school supplies to local kids is ending.

The Boys and Girls Club of Goshen’s BAK-PAK-A-Kid started 11 years ago, according to volunteer coordinator Diane Holderman. In its first year, 25 kids got a free backpack full of school supplies. At the program’s height, 1,200 backpacks were given away.

But this year, “We didn’t give out as many and we were questioning if there was still a need,” Holderman said. “And our committee just decided, no.”

She noted that many other local organizations give school supplies, including Back 2 School Elkhart. Goshen Schools has also been providing kindergarten through fifth-grade students with free basic supplies for the past couple of years.

Holderman said that BAK-PAK-A-Kid was well supported by the Goshen community as many people donated to help the program.

“We will still help out the kids as long as we have donations and money and stuff, but there’s just no sense in doing it on a big scale like we had been doing it,” she said.




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