WARREN - First Place Bank is is taking part in a new "Backpack Boost" program to help local children start the school year with a free backpack full of school supplies.
Louis J. Dunham, interim CEO of First Place Bank, said the company will donate 530 new backpacks as well as items to begin filling them.
In addition, the bank is asking the public to donate additional supplies, with the goal of distributing filled backpacks to students in each area the bank serves.
Dunham said donations of new school supplies may be dropped off at any First Place Bank branch through Aug. 3. Suggested donations include pencils, erasers, markers, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, index cards, rulers and other items. A complete list of most-needed supplies is available at each branch, and cash donations will also be accepted.
"We're committed to fostering good learning environments for local children, who will be taking the reins of our communities in the future. Some of them need a helping hand right now, and we can't think of a better way to give back to the community than to help area schoolchildren start the year off right," Dunham said.
In the Mahoning and Trumbull County region, 200 backpacks are being assembled for distribution to local students.
Once filled, the backpacks will be distributed locally by the Mahoning County Educational Service Center to its 14 school districts, and by the Trumbull County Educational Service Center to its 20 school districts.
The program is also getting a boost from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Anyone attending the Scrappers game at Eastwood Field on Wednesday can stop by the First Place Bank "Spin to Win" table with a donation of supplies or money for the Backpack Boost.
The first 100 people to donate will receive a free Scrappers general admission ticket voucher for a future game. In addition, the Scrappers are donating 200 free undated tickets, one to be placed in each backpack distributed in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.
Jordan Taylor, general manager, said the Scrappers Community Days provide the perfect opportunity to pair up with First Place Bank to help fill backpacks for local kids."