Class Act Backpack Project

United Way of Southeast Louisiana in partnership with WDSU-TV and Walmart are helping children in financially struggling families get a good start to the new school year with the Class Act Backpack Project. We know that education is key to helping break the cycle of poverty and giving kids the tools they need to help them succeed in class aligns with our work. 

On Wednesday, August 10th, a Walmart 18-wheeler arrived stocked with school supplies.

The old saying 'many hands make for light work' proved itself true. Inside our United Way Conference Center, 25+ UPS Sales, Solutions and Marketing executives from Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee  were meeting. When they saw what was happening they joined in to help! So Walmart, UPS and United Way employees formed a ‘human chain’  from the back of the truck to the front of the building, up the stairs and into a room for stacking and sorting—in record time! 

View the photo gallery here. 

Volunteers including teens, seniors and clients from The Arc of Greater New Orleans then worked side-by-side to fill the backpacks for distribution. 

We've been watching Margaret’s weathercasts and hope the heavy rains will have moved on by Friday so we will have a good day for backpack distribution.    But, like all good scouts, we’ll be prepared for several scenarios.

Michael Williamson, President & CEO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana says, "Walmart, WDSU and all the partners involved in “Class Act” should pat yourselves on the back because you are a truly class act. Because of you, more than 800 of our region’s most vulnerable and deserving children will have backpacks and school supplies for a good start to the new school year. We know that education is key to helping break the cycle of poverty and giving kids the tools they need to help them succeed in class bodes well for their future—and ours."

AAA Fleet Services held a month long school supply drive to help kids in our community. AAA employees heard about United Way and the 'Class Act' Backpack Project, so they decided to donate all of the backpacks and supplies they collected to the cause. 

Some of the items include:

  • Backpacks
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Pink erasers
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pocket folders
  • White glue
  • Box of crayons (24/pkg)
  • Lined paper
  • Lined notebooks
  • Blue pens
  • Red pens
  • Rulers
  • Pencil crayons
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • 1-inch binders

Pickup will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the United Way at 2515 Canal St.
Anyone is welcome to pick up free backpack, but will need to bring a valid photo ID and either a SNAP or Social Security benefits form.