Elementary school students Iesha and Deangelo Mitchell walked into the Conway Housing Authority’s community center Thursday afternoon to be greeted by smiling faces and rows of backpacks filled with school supplies.
When Resident Coordinator Sharon Everette found the backpacks labeled with their names and handed them to the children, Iesha, who will be a second-grader this year, almost dropped the backpack.
“Whoa!” she said, seemingly surprised at how full it was with supplies. Soon the backpack was on Iesha’s back and she was modeling it for the others in the room. Deangelo, who will be in third grade this year, put his backpack on as well before heading home.
Tanya Grayson, grandmother to Iesha and Deangelo, said the backpacks will help their family as school starts.
“It’s a blessing,” she said. “It takes a load off financially.”
Everette said the housing authority purchased backpacks and supplies for 40 students this year.
Parents signed their children up and the backpacks were packed by grade level with school supply lists in mind.
“I’m excited about getting to help the kids go back to school,” she said. “They’re just like the other kids.”
Everette said she enjoyed buying the supplies, packing the backpacks and handing them out, but her favorite part was picking out all of the backpacks.
“It’s fun to do. It’s exciting,” she said.
The housing authority handed out 40 backpacks the Thursday before Conway Public Schools started.
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