La Puente Hosts Annual Back Pack Drive

“[My son] wanted to do online but he’s going to school…it’s one day a week until the week of September 14, and then it’s trial and error for the first three weeks”

Yes, schools are opening up in the Valley. And like most everything this year, education is going to look a lot different. “[My son] wanted to do online but he’s going to school…it’s one day a week until the week of September 14, and then it’s trial and error for the first three weeks” said Tia, a mother from Alamosa.

But despite the changes in the classroom, one thing remains the same: in order to learn properly, students need the right materials. That is why on Friday, August 21, La Puente once again hosted their annual Backpack Drive to provide backpacks, school supplies, masks, water bottles, and hand sanitizer to students across the SLV. By partnering with Church World Service and with the support of many generous donors, over 500 backpacks were distributed to children via a drive-through pick-up at locations in Alamosa, Center, and Monte Vista.

La Puente recognizes that some parents have to choose between buying school supplies and paying bills or making rent; a choice they believe a family should not have to make. By providing kids with the essentials they need to learn, the goal of the Backpack Drive is to alleviate the stress that comes with those tough decisions. One local mom who has three kids preparing to go back to school made sure to show up last Friday. “I have 3 kids. A 14 year old, a 10 year old, and a 9 year old, and the school supplies really help me out because I’m a single parent”. When asked about how she feels about her kids returning to the classroom, she said “it’s a little nerve-racking with everything that is going on…I guess we just have to wait and see what happens.”

“I have 3 kids. A 14 year old, a 10 year old, and a 9 year old, and the school supplies really help me out because I’m a single parent”

Just wait and see what happens. If there was a list of most used phrases in 2020, that one would be right at the top of the list. La Puente is doing all they can to ease the anxieties that come with that waiting process by targeting problems and working to find solutions. That is why they made sure to once again host this annual event and provide essential supplies to those who need it most.

If you or anyone you know is still in need of school supplies, be sure to head to La Puente’s Crisis Prevention Resources building, located at 929 State Ave. or call the office at 719-589-5909. There are still backpacks and supplies available for pick up