Local rotarians provide 150 backpacks to students

Backpacks include all district-required school supplies

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Some local kids will have a better first day of school thanks to the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club.

The club raised $2,900 for its backpack program, which will provide backpacks with required school supplies to 150 students.

The Washougal and Camas school districts were the beneficiaries, each receiving 75 filled packs that teachers will distribute to designated students.

Teresa Baldwin, Washougal School District Superintendent, said, ” A filled, stylish, backpack is important for the students in need to get off to a good start. This program is very valuable to the parents, the students, and the school district. We are very grateful to the Camas-Washougal Rotary.”

Rotarian Jim Curry chairs the backpack program, and stated that this year’s program is the most successful after almost 10 years thanks to financial support from the Camas-Washougal Rotary Foundation, Ducky Derby event proceeds, Morgan Stanley, Maan and Dixie Jawad, and the Mill Plain Rite Aid.

The Backpack Program is just one of many community programs that affect the Camas-Washougal area: The club also provides dictionaries to local schools, scholarships to local recipients, and many other local and international programs.

The Camas-Washougal Rotary is an international service organization that meets every Thursday at 7 am at The Fairgate Inn in Camas. For more information, browse the club website at or call Carol Keljo at 360-606-4960.