For Immediate Release
July 27, 2021

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New Hampshire Department of Education Launches 6th Annual Backpack Drive

Helping NH families with back to school expenses

Concord – The New Hampshire Department of Education has launched its 6th Annual Backpack Drive. The Department is seeking donations of new backpacks for students of all ages from now through August 20. New backpacks can be dropped off at the Walker Building (with the receptionist on the 2nd floor) at 21 South Fruit Street Concord, NH. The backpacks will be given to school nurses and law enforcement across the state for pickup and distribution to students in need.

"New Hampshire families sometimes struggle with the out-of-pocket expenses of sending their kids back to school, and this is one way people can lend hand" said Diana Fenton, who first created the Backpack Drive for the Department in 2016. "This year, ‘back to school’ takes on even more importance.”

In its first year, the Backdrive Drive collected 160 backpacks. In past years, the drive has collected close to 500 backpacks.

For more information, contact Diana Fenton at (603) 271-3189 or Diana.Fenton@doe.nh.gov.