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Stanislaus County Office of Education Helping Kids in Need with Annual Operation Backpack Drive

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for most children, but for homeless children, this is a time open to emotional and academic challenges. Without even the most basic supplies, these students start at a disadvantage that only gets worse as the school year progresses. The Stanislaus County Office of Education aims to provide local homeless and at-risk youth with new backpacks and school supplies – tools they need to achieve academic success.

The Operation Backpack Drive is slated for July 13 – 31. School supplies and backpacks can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

· Stanislaus County Office of Education – 1100 H Street, Modesto

· Alfred Matthews Cadillac GMC Buick – 3807 McHenry Ave. Modesto

· Mocse Credit Union – 1400 J Street, Modesto

· Mocse Credit Union – 3600 Coffee Road, Modesto

· Mocse Credit Union – 1401 Geer Road, Turlock

· Prime Shine Car Wash – 12 locations in Stanislaus County: Modesto (5), Ceres (2), Turlock (2), Oakdale (1), Riverbank (1), and Patterson (1)

· Sutter Gould Medical Foundation – 600 Coffee Road, Modesto, Information Desk

According to Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon, “SCOE is receiving wonderful support from local businesses and organizations like; Alfred Matthews Buick GMC Cadillac, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, and Mocse Credit Union.” This year SCOE hopes to serve as many of the 6,500 homeless children living in Stanislaus County as possible. Filled backpacks are distributed to children in schools via school district homeless liaisons.

“Operation Backpack enables us to distribute backpacks to kids who wouldn’t have them otherwise and for us that’s huge,” said Changnon. “We invite the community to support the homeless and low-income children and their families by bringing new backpacks filled with school supplies to one of the drop-off locations throughout Modesto.” Additional information including a full listing of all drop-off locations, how to volunteer, and the option to give online, is available at www.stancoe.org/go/backpack

Homeless children face a wide variety of challenges and long-lasting issues that are profoundly detrimental to their development and ability to learn, ultimately affecting their success in life. According to The National Center on Family Homelessness, homeless children are eight times more likely to be asked to repeat a grade; three times as likely to be placed in special education classes; and twice as likely to score lower on standardized tests. Operation Backpack seeks to provide some sense of normalcy and remove one obstacle from homeless students’ lives. With a new backpack and new school supplies, students get to feel more like “regular kids” and can start the school year on more even footing.

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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.