Cozad HS student council donates backpacks to community

Cozad High School's Student Council launches annual backpack project to help serve a need in the community.
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 5:44 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Cozad High School Student Council launched its annual backpack project Tuesday.

The program provides backpacks to families who may not be able to afford school supplies for their children. Each backpack is filled with school supplies appropriate for the child’s grade level.

“A big thing about this project is school supplies really aren’t something that people should have to worry about,” said Senior Class President Gracie Schneider. “We felt like this is something we could really help with.”

The student council launched the program six years ago.

“We just had a student council meeting and discussed what types of community service projects that the kids could do that Cozad didn’t already have,” said Student Council Advisor Dawn Beans.

The program served 40 students the first year. Nearly 200 students are now served through the program.

“A lot of people are out of work and can’t make as much money as they have in the past summers, so it’s nice to give back in a time like this,” said Student Council President Joey Orellana.

The program is funded through donations from the community and school fundraisers.

“It’s really cool to see how big of an impact we’re able to make just in our community,” Schneider said. “It’s really something special that we get to see how many people we’re helping.”

If you were not able to make it to the backpack distribution, contact Mrs. Beans at

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