St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent recently accepted a donation of 200 sackpacks containing essential school supplies from the Office Depot Business Solutions Division. The sackpacks will be distributed to deserving students within the school district.

The donations were made as part of the Office Depot and Office Depot Foundation’s award-winning National Backpack Program, through which the company gives children important tools they need to succeed in school – and in life – every school year.

The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

In 2015, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of the company – are celebrating the 15th year of the National Backpack Program. By the end of 2015, they will have given away more than 3.7 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.

Office Depot believes that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope. The sackpacks and school supplies that it donates help to level the playing field and give children a reason to stand just a little bit taller, the company says.

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