Massport Lends a Hand to Returning Students With Needed Supplies

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) is helping some students return to school with needed school supplies. Over 50 children at the Crossroads Family Center in East Boston, the 21st Century Afterschool Program in Winthrop, and the South Boston Neighborhood House are starting the school year with new backpacks, new school supplies, and new clothes donated by Massport employees through the 13th annual Backpack Project. The Backpack Project is Massport’s annual back-to-school drive aimed at assisting local families in need.

 “The impact of the Backpack Project on these children and their families is even greater now, as they face a new school year still in the midst of a pandemic,” said Massport Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs Alaina Coppola. “We are grateful to our employees who are always eager to help our neighbors each year. It is rewarding for us to see the students react to their surprise gifts and get so excited about going back to school.” 

“The Backpack Project is the best! Crossroads Family Center is so grateful for the partnership and continued support of the backpack project which has provided the needed supplies for our children to return back to school for a safe and successful school year,” said Charles Smith, Program Director, Crossroads Family Center.

 This year, over 100 Massport employees participated in the Backpack Project by sponsoring children individually or as a group, providing school supplies and new outfit for children, ages 4-17.

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