• Backpack-filling dates changed for the Backpack Program

    ymcaVolunteers usually gather once a week at Bellefonte Elementary School to help fill backpacks for the Backpack Weekend Food Program through the YMCA of Centre County.

    There will be no backpack-filling on the previously-scheduled Nov. 20 date because of a short school week due to Thanksgiving break. Instead, volunteers will be filling two weeks worth of backpacks on Nov. 16. The Nov. 30 date is still on at 3:30 p.m. in room 312.

    Through the program, students, including those from Bellefonte Area School District, receive a backpack on Friday afternoon that contains meals and snacks to take home for the weekend. On Monday, students return the empty backpacks at their school so it can be refilled for the following weekend.

    All district students are eligable for the program by applying. Applications can be picked up at any school in the district.

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD. Graphic provided by the YMCA.