Every year when children return to school, most look forward to the routine of a buying a new backpack and school supplies.
But for some, especially since the economy has declined, it is a routine to be dreaded.
While their classmates compare new backpacks and school supplies, kids who are not as fortunate avoid the traditional rite of passage.
That’s where the Camas-Washougal Rotary backpack program comes in. Every fall, club members distribute the backpacks to more than 100 students at the start of school.
Retired attorney David Bussman serves on the vocational services committee for Rotary.
“I like helping kids get ready for (and excited about) school,” he said. “By giving them high quality backpacks, we avert one big back to school purchase for this year and next, at least.”