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Maggie’s Place backpack program available through community libraries


AMHERST – Every kid deserves a new backpack for school and here in Cumberland County, through the kindness of others, every child has that opportunity.

CUTLINE: (From left) Maggie’s Place’s Sarah Rushton has lot to smile about this school year. With the ongoing help of John McKay and the Bell Aliant Pioneers, the program is now expanding to more parts of the region. Youth services librarian Jenn Atkinson and Four Father’s Memorial Library deputy chief librarian Chantelle Taylor report the Cumberland Public Libraries will now offer backpacks through six locations in Cumberland County for children who require school supplies this year.

Christopher Gooding – The Citizen-Record

 

HEAD: Maggie’s Place backpack program available through community libraries

 

By Christopher Gooding

The Citizen-Record

 

AMHERST – Every kid deserves a new backpack for school and here in Cumberland County, through the kindness of others, every child has that opportunity.

This year Maggie’s Place has received the continued support of the Bell Aliant Pioneers – a network of volunteers of current and former telecom industry employees – and the business community at large for its Backpack For Kids program and through its new partner, Cumberland Public Libraries, will expand the program beyond the boundaries of just Amherst.

“With our new partners, we’re sending complete backpacks to Cumberland County libraries, so children in need in every community can have access to back-to-school supplies, ” Sarah Rushton

The program has long been supported by the local business community and the Bell Aliant Pioneers have been one of the longest donors to the program, Rushton said.

The support allows for new backpacks to be filled with new school supplies and available to anyone in need.

Locally, the back to school supplies will be available at Maggie’s Place, 11 Elmwood Drive in Amherst, from Monday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 28 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. 

During the same week backpacks will also be available at libraries in Advocate Harbour, Oxford, Parrsboro, Pugwash, River Hebert and Springhill during regular library hours.

 

Email: christopher.gooding@tc.tc

Twitter: ADNchris

 

 

This year Maggie’s Place has received the continued support of the Bell Aliant Pioneers – a network of volunteers of current and former telecom industry employees – and the business community at large for its Backpack For Kids program and through its new partner, Cumberland Public Libraries, will expand the program beyond the boundaries of just Amherst.

“With our new partners, we’re sending complete backpacks to Cumberland County libraries, so children in need in every community can have access to back-to-school supplies, ” Sarah Rushton

The program has long been supported by the local business community and the Bell Aliant Pioneers have been one of the longest donors to the program, Rushton said.

The support allows for new backpacks to be filled with new school supplies and available to anyone in need.

Locally, the back to school supplies will be available at Maggie’s Place, 11 Elmwood Drive in Amherst, from Monday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 28 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. 

During the same week backpacks will also be available at libraries in Advocate Harbour, Oxford, Parrsboro, Pugwash, River Hebert and Springhill during regular library hours.

 

Email: christopher.gooding@tc.tc

Twitter: ADNchris

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