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Senator Bettye Davis Partners with the Office Depot Foundation Distributes Hundreds of Backpacks to Local Children in Need

(Anchorage) – Senator Bettye Davis (Democrat-Anchorage) and the Office Depot Foundation are pleased to announce approximately ten (10) elementary schools in need will receive backpacks containing essential school supplies as part of the Foundation’s 2010 National Backpack Program in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).  The Office Depot Foundation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its National Backpack Program this year. 

“This is an extremely meaningful program,” said Senator Davis.  “I am honored to have the opportunity to present these backpacks again this year to deserving students.  As we have seen the economy fluctuate over the last year, many parents have struggled to figure out how they will be able to purchase supplies for their children.  As another school year begins, public-private partnerships like this are even more important.  As this state’s NFWL Education Team Leader, I must commend the Office Depot Foundation on its efforts to help children succeed by providing basic school supplies, which many of us take for granted.” 

By the end of this year, Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) and the Office Depot Foundation will have donated more than 2.3 million backpacks since this program begin in 2001.  NFWL has been partnering with the backpack program for five years and this year, the Office Depot Foundation will provide the National Foundation for Women Legislators with nearly 18,000 backpacks for distribution by women elected officials in all 50 states. 

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