Massport Helps Students Get Ready for School


30 students benefitted from the 12th annual Backpack Project

 Children at the South Boston Neighborhood House received a surprise back-to-school gift from Massport. Each of them were given a backpack filled with school supplies and clothing to get them ready for the first day of classes.

“The Backpack Project is a fun and rewarding experience for Massport employees each year,” said Massport Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs Alaina Coppola. “Now, more than ever, we want to help these students build their confidence and self-esteem and encourage them to look forward to the new school year.”

The giveaway was part of Massport’s 12th annual Backpack Project for Children aimed at assisting homeless families and families in need. This year, about 75 Massport employees donated items and volunteered their time to fill the backpacks.

“Through generosity of organizations like Massport we are able to ensure all of our children are prepared for the coming school year,” said Kathy Lafferty, Executive Director at the South Boston Neighborhood House. “Even though this year will likely look much different for many, it is important that every child have the tools and supplies to make the most of their school year.”

Massport also sponsored children at the Crossroads Family Center in East Boston and the Community Action for Safe Alternatives (CASA) in Winthrop. In all, 49 students from the three organizations benefitted from the project this year. The children range in age between 4 to 17. 

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