Costco fills backpacks for students

As they got ready to send their children back to school this week, parents at Courtenay Elementary School could cross a lot of items off their school supply shopping list, thanks to Costco Wholesale.

As they got ready to send their children back to school this week, parents at Courtenay Elementary School could cross a lot of items off their school supply shopping list, thanks to Costco Wholesale.Costco donated more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to the school through its Backpack Program.Each of the 206 students at Courtenay Elementary School will receive a new backpack filled with pencils, pens, gluesticks, crayons, children’s scissors, white erasers and a coil notebook, donated by suppliers Cardinal, Carry Gear, Crayola, Acme, Staedtler, Elmer’s, Bic, Sandford, PDI and Supremex.Costco has been donating backpacks and school supplies to schools in its communities through its Backpack Program for more than 10 years, according to Sheldon Theriault, front end and ambassador for programs at Costco. The company chooses one or two schools and, with the help of vendors, donates 200 to 300 backpacks for the students.”The opportunity to help out a school in the community is fantastic,” said Theriault.Susan Koster heads up the Backpack Program, and 30-plus volunteers packed the backpacks on their own time, he noted.Courtenay Elementary School principal Kyle Timms feels the donation from Costco, besides helping families, sets a good example for the students.”The school is really closely tied to the community, and that includes businesses,” he said. “It’s nice for kids to get that back from businesses and see that modeled in the community, that we all want to give back. There were a lot of very happy parents in the spring when I told them their school supply list was getting drastically reduced. It’s a great program.”writer@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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