Backpacks for Back To School: 'It really gets them set for learning'

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds of Eugene and Springfield students will start the new school year with less of a financial burden thanks to a program called Backpacks for Back To School.

Children waited patiently at Saint Vincent de Paul's Lindholm Center in Eugene on Wednesday to pick out a backpack for school this fall.

Incoming first-grader Carolina is really pumped about her backpack full of crayons and markers.

"I'm really excited to go to school. I don't like to wake in the morning, but I do like to go to school," said Carolina.

For kids from families with limited income, these backpacks filled with supplies can put them on an equal footing with other students.

"Kids can start the school year with a new set of supplies, a new backpack and some enthusiasm," said Dr. Shelley Berman, the Eugene 4-J School District Superintendent.

4J officials estimate they'll be helping about 3,000 families with the supply and backpack giveaway.

Thanks to the Oregon Community Credit Union, Brattain House, and the Eugene and Springfield Education Foundations, these kids won't have to worry about what they don't have.

"It really gets them set for learning, gets them ready to be in the classroom and ready to learn," said Dr. Berman.