IPS students receive free backpacks from Huntington Bank, Salvation Army

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Some students with Indianapolis Public Schools are already set for the new school year.

On Thursday morning, Huntington Bank joined forces with the Salvation Army to donate 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies. Employees and volunteers spent time filling them up at the Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center.

Some of the donated supplies included notebooks, folders and pencils.

“We’re excited about the upcoming school year. I know some of you aren’t quite ready, but your teachers are ready, we’re ready. We’re going to be ready, we’re going to have you ready. And we’re just excited that through your efforts, this is just such an example of what community partnerships can do,” Greg Newland, Academic Advisor for IPS, said.

Organizers said this means a lot for families. The bill for back-to-school supplies for a middle school student can run around $600.



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