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Las Vegas Students in Need of School Supplies, Food

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LAS VEGAS -- The start of the new school year is only a few weeks away and already work is underway to make sure all students get off to a good start.

Teachers, parents and agencies across the valley are are busy filling backpacks with food and school supplies. Local agencies report that the need is much greater this year due to the slow economic recovery.

"There's over 5,000 homeless kids in the valley and there are 60,000 that are living in poverty. So, during the school year they get free and reduced lunch or free lunch free breakfast, but on the weekends, they're not sure where their next meal is coming from," said COO John Livingston, Three Square.

Last year, volunteers at Three Square packed 5,300 backpacks every week with food. This year, they'll pack 7,000. Organizers of the backpack program say their need has gone up 20 percent since last year.

Over at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Summerlin, student volunteers were packing backpacks full of school supplies for needy children. This year, some of those needy children are actually in the parish.

"A lot of our own families are suffering this year and we're helping them as well which is kind of different aspect for us, we've only helped a few at a time in the past, but recently, we've been having to help more.  Our children, our teenagers go down with us every year and they get to do one-on-ones with the kids and they love that interaction with them," said Jeanne Kilduff, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

For the past 15 years, the congregation has been filling backpacks. Everything is donated and on Saturday, the students will take the 500 backpacks down to Catholic Charities to give to children ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade.


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