At the spring Teacher Appreciation lunch, the Sterling Elementary guidance counselor told us of his dream to provide each student with a new backpack filled with school supplies at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. 700 backpacks?!? We didn't know how we would do it, but we wanted to make it happen. The next day, we received a call from Mission Thrift Store that they were going out of business and wanted to donate over 300 backpacks to us! We were well on our way. Elevation Church donated the remainder of the backpacks needed. At Open House in August, we were able to give each child a new backpack with school supplies and still have enough left over to give to new students as they move here.