Cooper Team Comes Through for #OperationBackpack


The team in our Patient Access Center more than doubled last year’s contributions, donating 34 brand-new, fully-stocked backpacks! Photo credit: Gabriel Suckey, Supervisor, Patient Access Center.

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, the scholars of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy at Lanning Square Primary and Whittier Middle Schools received backpacks full of new supplies for the start of their new school year.

#OperationBackpack is an annual fundraiser organized by The Cooper Foundation benefiting the students of Cooper’s neighborhood schools. Employees of Cooper University Health Care donate backpacks and school supplies so that every student scholar at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy starts the school year ready to learn. This year was the most successful to date, with the highest participation rate ever from Cooper employees. More than 1,300 students benefitted from Cooper’s donations.

Below are a few of the photos shared by our #CooperTeam. The Lanning Square distribution event featured the 4th grade class, which is the school’s founding class. You can find more photos from The Cooper Foundation by clicking here.

Our Population Health team posing with their donated backpacks! Photo credit: Max Kursh, Population Health.

Our Population Health team posing with their donated backpacks! Photo credit: Max Kursh, Population Health.

Our OB-GYN residents collected money and donated three backpacks filled to the brim with back-to-school supplies for three deserving scholars at the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy through Operation Backpack. Resident Tieg Beazer said, “I am so lucky and proud to be part of such a generous and thoughtful group of residents!” Photo credit: Marielis Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, OB-GYN Residency.

Our OB-GYN residents collected money and donated three backpacks filled to the brim with back-to-school supplies for three deserving scholars at the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy through Operation Backpack. Resident Tieg Beazer said, “I am so lucky and proud to be part of such a generous and thoughtful group of residents!” Photo credit: Marielis Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, OB-GYN Residency.

Another great #CooperTeam photo for #OperationBackpack! Pictured here are representatives from the Cooper Surgical Services Institute: Aimee Gribbon, Danielle Crousillat, Tracey Baez, Sharon Christopher, Mia Veteri, Maria Figueroa, Kate Fitzgerald, Debbie Combs, Miranda Cornaglia, and Christine Chrupcala. Not pictured are Linda Cooper and Cathi Cooney. Photo Credit: Aimee Gribbon, Surgical Services Institute at Sheridan Pavilion.

Another great #CooperTeam photo for #OperationBackpack! Pictured here are representatives from the Cooper Surgical Services Institute: Aimee Gribbon, Danielle Crousillat, Tracey Baez, Sharon Christopher, Mia Veteri, Maria Figueroa, Kate Fitzgerald, Debbie Combs, Miranda Cornaglia, and Christine Chrupcala. Not pictured are Linda Cooper and Cathi Cooney. Photo Credit: Aimee Gribbon, Surgical Services Institute at Sheridan Pavilion.

Many thanks to the #CooperTeam at our Cooper Surgical Group at Sicklerville for filling up these backpacks! Photo Credit: Leslie Harrop, Cooper Surgical Group at Sicklerville.

Many thanks to the #CooperTeam at our Cooper Surgical Group at Sicklerville for filling up these backpacks! Photo Credit: Leslie Harrop, Cooper Surgical Group at Sicklerville.


The Cooper Foundation is the philanthropic, community outreach and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care. Learn more about ways to give by clicking here.

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