Build A Backpack kicks off

RALEIGH — Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) and Walmart have partnered to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students in North Carolina.

The Build A Backpack back-to-school supply drive is the largest school supply drive conducted by Walmart in North Carolina.
The campaign runs until Aug. 31 and allows Walmart customers to purchase school supplies and donate them as they leave. Bins will be available at the front of all participating Walmart stores to collect the donated school supply items. The items will be distributed to local

Communities In Schools affiliates or other designated partners, and will then be distributed to public school students in need.
The value of donated items purchased last year more than doubled from $162,850 in 2011 to $356,931 in 2012. Likewise, 1,345 volunteers helped with the distribution of supplies in 2012, compared to 584 in 2011 — a 130 percent improvement. Finally, 62,494 students in 889 schools and other sites were the recipients of these supplies in 2012, as compared to 37,378 students in 526 sites in 2011. Elementary, middle and high school students across North Carolina received school supplies.

The 2013 campaign goal is to double the results from 2012 in an effort to reach more than 120,000 students across the state.

Also, until Aug. 5, for every purchase of three 6-packs of Vitamin Water and/or four 8-packs of Powerade, 50 cents will go to Communities In Schools of North Carolina toward the purchase of backpacks for the students.