Screen_Shot_2014-07-16_at_7.52.07_PMFor many families, the beginning of a new school year proves to be a financial burden especially in these hard economic times. In that light, the Orange Walk Rotaract Club is lessening the burden of those obligations for the upcoming school year with its 4th annual school bag drive. Rotaract’s Secretary, Azalia Torres, says this year the drive is being carried out under the name “Kind Hearts Bag Drive”. She encourages the public to take part in the drive which primarily assists needy children.


Azalia Torres – Secretary, Rotaract, OW


“This year we named it “The heart’s kind bag drive” and what we are doing is collecting school bags used and new and as well as school supplies like pens, pencils, exercise blanks, erasers anything that a child would need at the beginning of the school year; we ask the community, usually A&R would donate to us school supplies and last year we donated 100 bags total to the area of San Francisco School and now this year we want to double that we want to give out 200 bags.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Just the San Francisco school again”


Azalia Torres – Secretary, Rotaract, OW


“No, no, no every year we change it, three years ago it was Louisiana School and a year it was Solomon School and also we’ve done Trial Farm so every year it is another school to turn to get these bags.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“You guys notice an increased need to help out the kids in that sense by not having the basic supplies to go to school?”


Azalia Torres – Secretary, Rotaract, OW


“If you really think about it yes, because the way we do it we go to the schools and we ask them to provide us with a list and you will be very surprising what is on that list even though some of us can afford to change bag every year some kids can’t afford to have a bag to start the year.”


Donations and items can be dropped off at three collecting agents: at A&R, the People’s Store and RK’s Imports. On Saturday the group will be out at the Central Park between 9:00am and 11:00am. Persons interested in taking part in the drive can drop off their items during that time.

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