Rome organization’s Backpack Brigade helps local students


A Backpack Brigade comprised up of players, coaches and parents from the TriCity Lacrosse Club as well as other volunteers has stuffed backpacks with school supplies for the Rome based educational charity Front of the Class.

The group assembled on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Rome Veterans Center, 307 Adams St. In a little over two hours, the volunteers were able to fill 1000 backpacks which were distributed to area school districts.

The backpacks and supplies will given to students in need by administrators or other school personnel on the first day of school, according to the local group.

Among the local school districts included in the program are:

  • Rome City School District;
  • Utica City School District;
  • Camden Central School
  • Westmoreland Central School District; and
  • Adirondack Central School District.

The program is also assisting school districts in the Syracuse and Rochester areas.

The Rome City School District will be receiving approximately 230 backpacks from this program, according to Front of the Class officials.

Each of the backpacks for elementary school students contained composition notebooks, filler paper, pencils, crayons, sharpeners, rulers, glue sticks, erasers and three folders.

Backbacks for secondary students contained three notebooks, a composition notebook, filler paper, three-ring binder, pens, pencils, compass, highlighters and three folders, according to the organization.

The Front of the Class Meet the Need Backpack Program was paid for by the agency along with donations and grants from the Dorothy Griffin Charitable Foundation, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, the Utica National Group Foundation and Chatham Street Advisors.

The Backpack Bridage did not just included adults but also dozens of students who play on the TriCity Lacrosse squads.

“It was great to see the boys and young ladies helping out such a good cause,” said TriCity Lacrosse Board Member and Travel Coach Paul Noecker.

Front of the Class is a Rome-based educational charity that has a number of programs that help students, teachers and schools. Last school year, in addition to backpacks, the charity helped fund classroom supplies for teachers, ADHD Ball seats for kindergarteners, Apple IPod Reading Equipment and a Niagara Falls field trip for local school districts.

Information on the Front of the Class and its educational programs, the charity accepts donations though its website:


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