Teen Korps fills backpacks, feeds minds

By Bunsee Patel

Westview High School sophomore

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Teen Korps members partnered with Starbucks employees to help fill backpacks with school supplies for foster children in San Diego. After months of gathering school supplies and donations, all the collections were organized and filled into 525 backpacks, all headed to needy children at San Pasqual Academy or New Alternatives Inc.

The day began by unloading boxes and boxes, all packed with supplies donated from Starbucks stores, Kids Korps members, Rancho Santa Fe Rotary members, McKinley Advisory Group, and NIOC San Diego Junior Sailor Association. Soon, all the volunteers teamed up to organize the supplies into distinguished piles.

Finally, everyone lined up assembly line style, filling up the backpacks with necessities such as paper, notebooks, binders, rulers, crayons, scissors, pens and pencils.

The event was a huge success. Colorful backpacks were filled with all the essential school supplies that these kids will need to help them have a fun and successful school year.

This entire project was created by the Give 5 committee, a subsection of Teen Korps. The purpose of Give 5 is to create five large scale projects a year to help make a difference in San Diego. Thank you to Starbucks who has been an active sponsor for many years, and has helped tremendously on these projects.

Photos/Jon Clark