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LaFayette Student Runs "Backpack Buddies" Program to Help Friends

On Sept. 27, LaFayette Central School District third-grader Rylee Andersen was featured on News Channel 9, thanks to her selfless work in support of the “Backpack Buddies” project.

Rylee was inspired by a feature on the television show “Little Big Shots,” whereby a young man sought to help his community by providing backpacks full of food to those in need. If it worked for that community, what might Rylee be able to do to help the LaFayette community, in turn?

After consulting with her then-second grade teacher Mrs. Kolbeck, Rylee approached Grimshaw principal Jennifer Crowley about doing something to help students and families in need, and out of this collaboration, Backpack Buddies was born. Why the name “Backpack Buddies?”

“Because by donating supplies, we’re helping our friends,” according to Rylee.

To learn more about the Backpack Buddies program, head over to the LaFayette Central School District's site!

rylee surrounded by donated school supplies

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