May 31, 2013
Members of the Sampson Elementary School Student Council join (top row, L-R) Hope Center directors Jenna Peard and Cesar Martinez, Roy Garcia, associate superintendent for school administration and leadership development and Sampson instructional specialist Kyla Mote in celebrating filling 62 backpacks for district partner Cy-Hope.
May 31, 2013 — Students at Sampson Elementary School donated and filled 62 backpacks for economically disadvantaged students in the district through the Cy-Hope Backpack Program.
The three-week backpack donation event was organized by the Sampson student council and concluded with a presentation to Cy-Hope at the school on May 22.
Sampson tied the event into its yearlong “Four Corners” character-building initiative that focused on the core values of respect, integrity, becoming a lifelong learner and sharing in developing community. The final nine weeks of the school year focused on the core value of community.
“We are so proud that our students, staff and parents came together to give back to our community,” said Heather Motzny, Sampson principal. “One of our core values at Sampson is ‘community’ and our hope is to instill this value in every one of our students.”
In an effort to prevent childhood hunger and to provide each child the opportunity to succeed in school and life, Cy-Hope’s Backpack Program will provide food for needy school children each weekend. The food helps sustain children and their families through the weekends when school food is not accessible. Cy-Hope currently serves 16 schools through the Backpack Program, which includes more than 700 children.