Kroger, Coca-Cola, Fox 4 KDFW, My 27 KDFI, and Clear Channel Radio Dallas (106.1 KISS, NOW 102.9, Lone Star 92.5, 102.1 The Edge, 97.1 The Eagle, iHeart Radio) teamed up again this year to help deserving students start the new school year off right.
From Wednesday, July 29, through Sunday, August 16, shoppers could visit any North Texas Kroger to donate a pre-packaged school supply kit for $7 or contribute money at the checkstand to help local students. The collection drive, Backpack Boosters, aimed to equip thousands of children with the necessary tools for a successful school year. This year’s program was record-breaking and $422,966 worth of school supplies was collected in 19 days.
That allowed Kroger to gift $71,000 in school supplies to our six participating school districts – including Irving ISD!
“Educators around the region cite proper school supplies are vital to academic progression,” says Gary Huddleston, public affairs director for Kroger. “Many families in the area have difficulties purchasing school supplies for their children. Backpack Boosters helps to fill the gap and alleviate the burden that is frequently placed on teachers to provide adequate supplies at their own expense.”
This year’s Backpack Booster program benefited school districts in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Irving, and Mesquite.