School backpack giveaway helps take away ‘obstacles to learning’ – Orange County Register

There are two ways students pick out their backpacks and get ready for school.

Jonny McLovin, an incoming senior at Valley High School in Santa Ana, just wants to go get it. He will take any backpack, pink or blue, as long as it’s simple. After all, McLovin is just excited that his football season is starting.

“You appreciate everything you get,” McLovin said.

On the other hand, Ethan Gresham, 6, has refused to wear a Minion backpack his mother, Sherrie, bought for him.

“Pickiness makes things a little more expensive,” said Sherrie Gresham, a 38-year-old Westminster resident.

School supplies can be pricey, no matter how students prepare for school. To help some students and their families, the Santa Ana Unified School District and the nonprofit Regional Center of Orange County held separate events on Saturday, Aug. 5, to provide free backpacks and school supplies.

In an inaugural back-to-school bash at the district’s sports complex, the district gave away 3,500 backpacks, each filled with $20 worth of school supplies.

“We want to take away obstacles to kids learning,” said District Superintendent Stefanie Phillips.

Some families lined up at 6 a.m. By 10 a.m. when the event started, the line grew to hundreds.

Dafne Estrada and her family lined up at 8 a.m. She said paying for school supplies for…

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