Community groups help build excitement for the new school year

"Pack Up The Kids" donates free materials to UCS students

Local community groups are helping to pack up students for the first day of
school on Tuesday.

The Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights, the Utica Shelby Daybreaks Kiwanis and
the Kiwanis Club of Shelby-Macomb recently stuffed more than 400 donated backpacks for UCS students.

Called "Pack Up The Kids," the program has provided UCS students with free
backpacks featuring donated school supplies for the past ten years.

The backpacks were donated by Costco with two folders, ruler, eraser and
pencil case. The Kiwanis Club added two Spiral notebooks, two additional
folders, loose leaf paper, crayons, pencils and glue sticks. The Kiwanis also
purchased 2,000 dictionaries for all district third graders.

"The program was started by one of our members, Bob Tobeler, 10 years ago,"
said Treasurer Sherry Shannon. "Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers
dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a

Information on the Kiwanis Club is available at KiwanisSterlingHeights@gmail.com.

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