Backpacks set the stage for success

Kemp Elementary students receive backpacks for the new school year. (WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)
Kemp Elementary students receive backpacks for the new school year. (WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 420 students at Kemp Elementary School in Dayton went home with brand new backpacks Friday.

The backpacks were donated by Costco through its Cities in Schools program.

They are full of supplies that the principal says will help the students be successful.

Costco’s general manager says the company loves giving back to the community.

“This is the highlight of my year. we look forward to this. it’s a very big deal for us,” said Tim Borsvold, Costco general manager.

“The children were just overwhelmed. they are so excited. They just cannot wait to start the school year when they get new supplies and backpacks like this. It makes the transition to school an exciting one that they can look forward to and they look forward to coming to school because they feel prepared,” said Stacy Maney, principal.

Maney says Costco generally doesn’t make a donation of this size to a single building, but the store was moved when they heard about the school’s need.

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