ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DONATION from the 100+ Women Who Care of the Greater Owosso Area was given to Owosso Public Schools on Wednesday, Nov. 9 for their Backpack Program. The check total was $20,750 which also included a $250 donation from Owosso Dentist Gary Adeska.

   Available to accept the check from the woman’s group was Owosso School Superintendent Andrea Tuttle, Owosso School board members and staff, members of the 100+ Women group as well as the group’s representatives as shown.

(Independent Photo/Elizabeth Wehman)

by Elizabeth Wehman, editor

   From a simple idea this past winter to another generous donation by the 100+ Women Who Care group of Greater Owosso, organizers Cindy Schluckebier, Lisa Hood, Sue Ludington, and Becky Harnagle are astounded at the ability of their group members to give away a total of $54,450 in 2016. Their hope, to continue as long as possible.

     This past Wednesday, Nov. 9, the group blessed another nonprofit group, the Owosso Public School’s Backpack program, with a check totaling $20,750. Owosso Public School Superintendent Andrea Tuttle had this to say about the donation, “This donation will go toward helping 354 students at a cost of $2,000 each month and will carry the program through this school year. We are so thankful to the women of this group who care for this program and for the children involved.”

   The check donation will provide 183 backpacks of food for Owosso Public School’s students through June of 2017. The program services students at Bentley Bright Beginnings, (including 4-Wings), Bryant Elementary, Central Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Owosso Middle School, Owosso High School, and Lincoln High School.

     Food is ordered, per the MSU Extension, from Aldi’s in Owosso. Student groups and service organizations help to sort and assemble the food packets to be distributed to the students who find themselves without food during weekends while away from school. Drivers from Young Chevrolet Cadillac pick up and deliver the food packets to the schools on the first and third Thursday of each month. Cost of filling the backpacks is approximately $1,900 a month. No general funds from the school district are used to support the program. Students then return their backpacks for the next food giveaway.

   Additional monetary donations are always welcome including gently used backpacks. Donations may be sent to Character Counts, Owosso Public Schools, 645 Alger St., Owosso, MI 48867. Indicate that you want your donation to go toward the Owosso Cares Backpack Program.

Recent Donation Exceeds Expectations of Philanthropic Group was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by Karen Elford