backpacksDr. Katie Storey, business adjunct instructor at the Elgin campus, has worked to organize Project Backpack, a community-based initiative that provides free backpacks and community resources to families living in the area.

The project provided 1,800 backpacks to families this year! Storey is the interim director of student life at the campus, which recently celebrated 15 years partnering with Elgin Community College.

The college has led this initiative for the past four years, partnering with local nonprofits to host a school supply drive to fill the backpacks. At a Back to School Supply Fair, children and families receive new backpacks filled with supplies, such as folders, notebooks, pens, scissors, glue sticks and crayons.

Check out the Project Backpack website for more information!