AKRON, Ohio — FirstEnergy is making sure that students are engaged and ready to go for the 2020-2021 school year.
The company handed out school-supplies backpacks over the weekend to more than 11,000 students in Akron, hoping to help ease the stress associated with the beginning of going back into the classroom.
Backpacks were handed out on Sunday at North and Kemore-Garfield High Schools to students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade.
“I’m proud of our FirstEnergy employees who identified a need to support our youth during a time that has brought unprecedented challenges to many families in our area,” said Lorna Wisham, vice president, Corporate Affairs and Community Involvement. “We hope this makes things just a bit easier for Akron families as their children continue the school year.”
Each backpack contained supplies purchased from a diverse crop of sellers and included items like notebook paper, folders, pencils, hand sanitizer, and more.
“From our corporate partners and volunteers to the local businesses and public transit system supporting this event, it’s heartwarming to see the community come together to ensure our students receive the tools they need for a quality learning experience,” said David James, superintendent of Akron Public Schools. “This school year may not look like the typical year yet, but we’re committed to making the virtual learning environment as educational and rewarding as any other.”