Elkton Teen Helps Send Students To School Prepared

Posted: August 23, 2014

Daily News-Record

Sarah King (right), a 17-year-old senior at East Rockingham High School, created the Backpacks of Love program last year with help from the Women’s Missionary Union at the First Baptist Church of Elkton. (Courtesy Photo)

An East Rockingham High School senior is spurring an effort to send kids to school prepared in Page and Rockingham counties.

Last year, 17-year-old Sarah King of Elkton started the Backpacks of Love program, which donates school supply-filled packs to children in need.

She suggested the idea at a meeting of the Women’s Missionary Union, a group at the First Baptist Church of Elkton, which she has attended for years.

The organization took the project under its wing, seeking financial help from church members, who donated both money and supplies.

Last year, 21 backpacks went out to elementary, middle and high schools in Page and Rockingham county school systems. Another 25 were distributed last week.

The church gives the donations to school guidance counselors, so they can pass them onto children in need discreetly.

King said she’s hoping to continue the project next year, though her goal is to be starting school at the University of Virginia herself.

“I just wanted kids to be able to go to school and have everything they need,” she said.

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