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Glendale Unified Distributes Free Backpacks to Newcomer Students


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Glendale Unified School District

Media Contact:
GUSD Public Information Office
Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

Distribution Date: September 17, 2020 


Glendale Unified Distributes Free Backpacks to Newcomer Students
The district passed out more than 100 backpacks filled with essential PPE and supplies for distance learning


GLENDALE, CA – On September 17, Glendale Unified School District staff distributed 107 free backpacks to students across all grade levels. Each backpack was filled with necessary personal protective equipment, educational resources, and school supplies for students.

The District drive-by distribution was the first of its kind and was funded by the Refugee School Impact Program, which specifically supports students who have been in the country for less than five years.

“We are committed to supporting all of our students by ensuring each and every child has the resources they need to succeed during this distance learning experience,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian. “This is another way we are taking steps to accelerate learning and increase pathways for every student.”

The initiative to provide essential school supplies was spearheaded by the Glendale Unified School District Categorical Programs Department to better support newcomer students during distance learning. To learn more about the Refugee School Impact Program, visit

For more information, email Kristine Nam or call the Public Information Office at (818) 241-3111 x1218.

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