Backpacks Giveaway to Low-income Students
Backpacks loaded with school supplies were presented to 50 low-income Catholic school children by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles and the Specialty Family Foundation Catholic Schools Consortium October 10, 2014 at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. Kevin Baxter, Ph.D., Superintendent of Elementary Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, extolled the virtues of a Catholic education. The students were praised by Specialty Family Foundation’s chair and president, Deb Estes, and the society’s executive director, David Fields, for being hand-picked by their school principals to receive the backpacks. Society president Claire Padama told the children each pack also had a prayer book and scapular. “I hope you will use them!” she said.