Thank you, Anthem United Homes.
The local building firm donated 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to Natomas Unified today in a brief ceremony at the district Ed Center. This marks the second year Anthem United has stepped up bigtime for the start of school: Last year, it contributed 75 backpacks.
Erin Capagli, spokeswoman for the Anthem United team, said the company is committed to helping the communities it serves.
Donating backpacks is particularly gratifying because they go directly to kids, she said. “It’s really important to make a contribution in that area to set them up for success.”
Anthem United is building “Willow at Natomas Meadows” on Juneberry Drive in North Natomas.
The backpacks, for students of all ages, came with glue sticks, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks and pocket folders. Backpacks for high school students contained scientific calculators as well, Capagli said.
Anthem United’s corporate office contributed to the backpack donation, as did its Sacramento employees and several partner firms – Harris & Sloan Structural & Mechanical Engineering, Loan Depot, and Jeffrey Demure Associates architects and planners.
Timing for the donation is perfect, with classes set to begin next Wednesday, Aug. 8. Backpacks will be given to students throughout NUSD who might be hard-pressed to buy one. They’re vital for carrying books and supplies from class to class, or from school to home.
Maria Plowman, NUSD’s coordinator of services for students and families in need, said the massive backpack donation sends an important message to students that the community cares and wants to see kids succeed.
“Working together, in partnership, benefits everyone,” she said.