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Meadow Pond Elementary Students Stuff Backpacks For Upstate School District

Meadow Pond Elementary School's fourth-grade class stuffed backpacks for Adirondack Central School District. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Students prepare to stuff backpacks. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
A student stuffs a backpack with school supplies. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Meadow Pond Elementary School's fourth-grade class partnered with nonprofit Front of the Class to stuff backpacks with school supplies for Adirondack Central School District in upstate New York.

The initiative was held as part of the Meadow Pond's Kindness Club.  “Teacher Joanne Lewis and I work with students at Meadow Pond in grades three to five doing community services projects each year,” said teacher Jane Corace. “This year, the students in my class were able to help stuff the backpacks for Front of the Class.” Bill McCormick, a Katonah-Lewsiboro School District parent and president of the non-profit organization Front of the Class, partnered with his son Matt’s fourth-grade class to stuff backpacks this year. “When he approached us to see if we were interested in helping, we jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand,” said Corace. According to McCormick, the class’s efforts resulted in 100 backpacks filled with school supplies. “Even this late in the school year, there are kids without backpacks and school supplies,” said Adirondack High School Principal Heidi Smith. Tommy McCormick, a John Jay High School student, is also involved with Front of the Class as a board member. “Front of the Class is great because it’s all about helping kids in need,” he said. “I hope to stay involved with the charity after graduation.” Corace said her class was excited about giving back and McCormick said the efforts were well-received.

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