Waterloo Regional Police Issue #BackpackChallenge

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  The Waterloo Regional Police Service is challenging all emergency service members throughout Waterloo Region to support the local Family & Children’s Services Foundation’s Back to School Assistance Program.

Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police, was at Staples on Strasburg Road in Kitchener today to kick-off the #BackpackChallege, encouraging all emergency service workers to buy a new backpack, lunch bag or $25 gift card to be donated to children in need.

“We want to make sure every child gets to go back to school this year feeling confident and excited to learn,” said Chief Larkin. “By working together we can ensure every child in our community - our future leaders – head back to the classroom with the necessary tools needed to help them reach their full potential.”

The program runs until August 17, 2018. Last year, the Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation distributed approximately 600 backpacks to local children. Staples Canada is also supporting back-to-school programs by taking donations until September 4, 2018.

“Back to school is an exciting time of year, but it can also be a stressful time for families,” said Karen Spencer, Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation. “Our Back to School Assistance Program provides a positive start to the school year by offering the children and youth we serve the tools they need to be ready to learn.”

Community members are also encouraged to take part in the challenge and can drop off donations at Police Headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road in Cambridge, or at any police division:

  • North Division, 45 Columbia Street East, Waterloo
  • Central Division, 134 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • South Division, 176 Hespeler Road, Cambridge
  • Rural Division, 13 Industrial Drive, Elmira
  • The Family Centre, 65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener
  • Family & Children’s Services, 168 Hespeler Road, Cambridge
  • Staples, 245 Strasburg Road, Kitchener

Online cash donations can also be made at the Family & Children’s Services Foundations page.

Media Inquiries

Cherri Greeno

Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773


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