Students throughout the Kankakee Valley REMC area are well equipped for the start of school, thanks to members and area residents. The nonprofit co-op sponsored its third annual Pack a Backpack program. School supply collection boxes were placed at five libraries in Starke, LaPorte and Porter Counties. Donated items were put into backpacks and delivered to eight local schools for distribution to students who needed a little extra help.
Kankakee Valley REMC officials say they were able to provide for more than 250 students.
CEO Dennis Weiss says back-to-school time creates financial struggles for many area families who have to think about new school clothes, book rental fees and other needs. He adds the Pack-a-Backpack program gives the board a way to help them out.