LOWVILLE — A local Boy Scout is seeking to bolster donations for the Lowville Academy and Central School backpack program for his Eagle Scout project.
“I’ve been helping out with the backpack program at my school for the past year,” said Bradley Curry, a senior at Lowville. “I thought it was a really good program, and they’re looking to expand it.”
For the project, members of Boy Scout Troop 162 are collecting new and like-new book bags and drawstring gym bags, along with nonperishable and nonbreakable food items.
Boy Scouts will be set up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside of Walmart, Tops Food Market and Dollar General to help collect these items.
Collection boxes also are located at Tops and in the main lobby at the Lowville school, and students can bring in canned or boxed food items to their homeroom teachers through Sept. 15.
Items collected will be used throughout the 2014-15 school year for the backpack program, which sends food home with needy students in prekindergarten through second grade. The hope is to expand the program to more students.
“I would like to see every hungry child in our district have food for the weekends,” said Mr. Curry, son of Jay and Gail E. Curry.
Food items may include, but are not limited to, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, pasta sauces and pasta, granola and fruit/cereal bars, boxed macaroni and cheese, rice, cereal, instant potatoes, canned meats and peanut butter.