Utility Launches Backpack Drive for Needy Students

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 9, 2013 – To help give children in need a great start on their first day of school, Kissimmee Utility Authority has partnered with A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County to launch Operation Backpack.

For many children, the start of a new school year is filled with anxiety and academic challenges. It can be especially tough if you are a child who is homeless or living in foster care and can’t afford to start school with all the supplies that most kids can count on. Each year, thousands of Osceola County children return to school unprepared, lacking the basic school supplies they need to succeed. Many of them come from families that are barely able to make ends meet.

KUA launched the Operation Backpack campaign to collect 1,000 new backpacks for the coming school year.

Residents are encouraged to follow these simple steps to make a backpack donation:

1. Purchase a new backpack at a local retail store
2. Write a note of encouragement to the child and place it inside the backpack
3. Drop off the donation in the collection box at KUA offices, 1701 W. Carroll Street

“By donating a backpack, you can make a difference in the life of a child,” said Cindy Herrera, KUA’s assistant vice president of human resources and chairperson of Operation Backpack. “A backpack will allow these students to start the school year feeling prepared and confident!”

About A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County
A Gift For Teaching of Osceola County (
http://www.foundationosceola.org/programs/a-gift-for-teaching) is a free store for eligible teachers to shop for supplies to be given to needy children in their classrooms. Its mission is to ensure that children and classrooms in our community have the basic tools for learning. This is accomplished by transferring, at no cost, the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers and school children in need.

About KUA
Founded in 1901, KUA (
http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836