The HOPES committee is facilitating a project to assemble backpacks full of fun, comforting items for children who have to leave home in a hurry to enter foster care. They often go without any personal items at all. These backpacks will include things like a small stuffed animal, new socks, age-appropriate book, colored pencils and paper, a deck of playing cards, and an encouraging note. Each class will be compiling items for one child in their specific age group. Be watching for a SignUp Genius, and please discuss this project with your child. If they had to leave home quickly, in a stressful situation, what might be comforting to them? What would they like to contribute? This is a great opportunity to help our children develop Empathy and understanding of life situations different from their own. Please contact Audrey Buchanan or Meri Harper with any questions. Thanks!