Supply-Filled Backpacks Help Start the School Year

Backpack-Project Most of us can remember from when we were young ourselves the fun involved in shopping for back-to-school supplies, but that isn't the case for all students.  Some caregivers struggle to provide the basic necessities for the upcoming school year.  That's where the Friends of the Wake County Guardian ad Litem's Back To School With Pride Project steps in and offers assistance.

Babs Wagner, who coordinates the project for Friends of Wake County GAL, said the goal for 2016 was to be able to help "send almost 800 children off to school with hope, pride and smiles on their faces as they start their new school year."  She explained that most of the backpacks are delivered to children identified through Wake County social workers and GAL-referred children and include Mary E. Phillips High School and Healing Transitions, formerly The Healing Place.

This year, with the motivation and dedication of Martin & Jones employee Wendy Kriebel, we were able to donate 43 filled backpacks to the project for distribution to Wake County high school students.

"I couldn't be more proud of everyone at Martin & Jones for contributing to this project every year." Wendy said.  "Martin & Jones is in the business of helping people and this project suits us perfectly."

This was the tenth year that Martin & Jones helped with the project.  The firm became involved at the invitation of the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association with the 2007 school year.