Weymouth Youth and Family Services distribute backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies to any family in need.
Principal Kathy Collins said she plans to donate around 200 backpacks – and one bag of toiletries – “to help students start the year in a positive way.”
Collins said his agency has been providing the backpacks for about 10 years, but is increasing the service this year because “there are a lot of families in need” due to the pandemic. Weymouth public schools have about 5,600 students, about 35% of whom are classified as economically disadvantaged, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Collins said donations for the program came from groups such as South Shore Hospital, Weymouth United Methodist Church, Weymouth Lions Club, Dunkin ‘Donuts in North Weymouth, Weymouth Food Pantry and St. Vincent De Paul Society. The Weymouth Fire Department donated sneakers and an organization affiliated with St. John the Evangelist Church in Hingham called Free. donated feminine hygiene supplies, she said.
Families can register for backpacks by calling 781-331-1719. The bags will be distributed on August 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Weymouth Youth and Family Services office at 1393 Pleasant Street.
Johanna Seltz can be contacted at [email protected].