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Sept. 12 , 2005
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EMU College of Educationís "Project Backpack" helps Hurricane Katrina victims

YPSILANTI - While some children across the nation probably complained that their supply-laden backpack was too heavy as they started school this week, thousands of students across the gulf states didn’t have a school to go to, let alone school supplies.

Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education has initiated "Project Backpack" to help provide school supplies to hurricane victims as they arrive at schools in other states.

The College of Education will begin collecting backpacks filled with school supplies starting Monday, Sept. 12 , 10 a.m., Porter Building. The collection continues through Friday, Sept. 16.

Backpacks should be filled with grade-specific items. Lists of these items are on the Project Backpack web page. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to the EMU Foundation with “Project Backpack” in the memo field. Gifts are tax deductible.

“We have school upon school of displaced students who need help,” said Pat Williams-Boyd, professor of curriculum at EMU. “We are one of the largest teacher education institutions in the United States, so what better way to help our colleagues and their students.”

Williams-Boyd said she hopes to collect 2,000 backpacks by Sept. 16 when the first truck heads to East Baton Rouge Schools. Corrigan Moving Systems of Ann Arbor is donating the truck and the driver’s time to transport the backpacks.

The backpacks are being sent to Baton Rouge because Williams-Boyd said approximately 200,000 hurricane victims are being relocated to that area. EMU is working with Duvall Arthur, director of Gulf Coast Homeland Security in St. Mary’s Parish, Louisiana.

For additional information on all of EMU's hurricane relief efforts, visit www.emich.edu/katrinarelief/

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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