School starts in a week for a lot of kids in Black Hawk County. One non-profit is working to make sure all kids have the necessary supplies to start the year off right.
There are more than 3,000 backpacks full of supplies at Lou Henry Elementary School in Waterloo. This is the 23rd year for the annual Back to School Project. Their goal is to give school supplies to students who may not be able to afford them.
"Have you ever seen 70,000 pencils at one time? Not too many people have, but we have," said Ruth Orth, Program Director. "We don't do it to feel good or to get a pat on the back. We do it because there are a lot of kids who wouldn't have anything new if we didn't help them."
Students in kindergarten through middle school throughout Black Hawk County registered for the program.
The program runs off donations and grants. Unfortunately, it's too late to sign up and register for a backpack this year.