Raleigh, North Carolina –August 2, 2012—Fifteen-year old Patrick Morris aims to collect 250 backpacks to help prepare Boys & Girls Clubs members going back to school this year through what he calls the Patrick's School Box Shop project. When Morris was just 6 years old, he began raising money for Patrick's School Box Shop by selling lemonade and cookies on the sidewalk. Over the last 10 years, Morris has donated over $10,000 worth of school supplies and collected 192 backpacks for Boys & Girls Clubs members in 2011.
This high school student clearly understands the importance of giving children the right tools to feel prepared for school. When asked why he focuses on raising money to donate school supplies, Morris replied, "I think it is important to make sure every child has the opportunity to succeed in school".
Local businesses also see the value in Morris's efforts. On August 13th and 14th, Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, and Spirits (Raleigh and Morrisville locations) has agreed to donate 15% of each sale to Patrick's School Box Shop when customers mention Dining for Backpacks. Please consider joining Morris in his efforts by participating in Dining for Backpacks or by dropping off school supplies through the 8th annual Boys & Girls Clubs Pencil Drive and Volunteer Kickoff on August 23rd from 6a.m. to 8p.m. at the Raleigh Girls Club, 701 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27610.
By collecting key school supplies like binders, notebooks, and backpacks, Boys & Girls Clubs prepares Club members for a successful transition into the upcoming school year. Staff representing all seven Wake County Clubs will be at the Pencil Drive and Volunteer Kickoff to talk to prospective volunteers about how they can get involved in the upcoming school year. Boys & Girls Clubs seeks volunteers to mentor, tutor, and coach 6 to 18 year-old Club members in each of the seven Clubs in Wake County (Raleigh, Wake Forest and Zebulon).
The Carolina Hurricanes have already gotten the Pencil Drive off to a great start by donating a truck full of supplies collected by their fans. But with 4,214 members, Boys & Girls Clubs still needs the community's support to help children and teens start the school year feeling prepared and confident. For more information about this event or Boys & Girls Clubs, please call (919)834-6282 or visiting wakebgc.org.