Telus donated backpacks
This year, the Kamloops Telus community ambassadors are easing some of that back-to-school financial strain for families in Kamloops by providing 340 backpacks filled with school supplies.
The initiative is part of the Telus Kits for Kids program, an annual tradition through which thousands of backpacks are distributed to young students in need across Canada.
“Back-to-school preparation is a crucial step in our kids’ academic success,” said Pat Bauer, the local president of the ambassadors.
“Each parent wants their child to have everything they need to start the school year on the right foot.
“Unfortunately, several of them are unable to do so due to financial hardships.”
Since 2006, nearly 60,000 backpacks have been distributed.
The kits are prepared by the ambassadors each May during the annual Telus Day of Giving – a special day in which Telus team members and retirees across Canada volunteer in support of local activities.
The backpacks are filled with the essential school supplies needed for each grade: Pencils, loose-leaf sheets, pencil cases, rulers and much more.
The kits are delivered to school districts in June to allow the schools to determine need and to be able to notify recipient children and parents before th