More Than 1,000 Backpacks Donated Through Operation Backpack
CAMDEN, NJ — The Cooper Foundation, along with city officials and school leaders, today distributed backpacks and school supplies to student scholars from KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Lanning Square and John Greenleaf Whittier schools. KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy is New Jersey’s first renaissance school, and serves students in grades Pre-K through 8th living in Camden’s Lanning Square, Cooper Plaza, and Bergen Square neighborhoods.
The Foundation collected more than 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies during its Operation Backpack Drive this summer.
“Cooper employees and friends are some of the most generous people. They share our commitment to ensuring that children have the tools they need as they prepare for another successful school year, no matter where they live,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “We know KIPP student scholars have a terrific year ahead. They are excited and ready to learn, grow and succeed.”
The backpacks and supplies were donated by Cooper University Health Care employees. As a result, every child in the school received a backpack with all the necessary supplies for a successful start to the school year.
The Cooper Foundation was joined by several city and school officials for the Operation Backpack distribution, including: Camden City Council President Frank Moran; Camden City Councilwoman Dana Burley; Camden City Councilman Angel Fuentes; Camden City School Board President Martha Wilson; and Camden City School Board member Dorothy Burley.
“We look forward to this backpack distribution event every year because it has a huge impact on the families in our community. The support we receive from The Cooper Foundation, our public leaders and the broader Camden community is greatly appreciated,” said Drew Martin, Executive Director of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy. “We are proud of the talented children who walk through our doors every day, and having the proper school supplies supports a productive learning environment.”