Mary Geisting from the Plainfield Community School Corporation volunteered at the event and even brought speakers to inspire the other volunteers.
“We are seeing more and more need,” Geisting said. “People you would never expect are asking for help. These are people that have donated in the past — now they need the help.”
She said the school supplies help students to come into class on a level playing field.
“It helps with their self esteem,” she said. “These supplies will help them be a part of the group — to feel normal.”
Geisting said it helps the schools to have these donated supplies on hand as students go back to class.
“Each school has a room where the supplies will be kept,” McIntrye-Graid said. “Then when they need them, they are there.”
And this project could not have been possible without volunteers from the community who donated and helped to sort the supplies.
Wendy Fowler is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Hendricks County. She and nine of her classmates met at the logistics center Tuesday to volunteer their time.
Jane Pfaffenberger has been helping to sort school supplies for several years with Backpack Attack. She brought the youngest volunteer of the day to participate — her grandson, Sam Richman.
“I started with Crayons and pencils,” Richman, 9, said. “And this isn’t my first year. I did this two years ago.”
Richman is an Avon resident. He helped out on the last day of his summer vacation.
“He’s heading back to school tomorrow (Aug. 1),” Pfaffenberger said. “Doing this really makes you feel good. The people who do this every year are very dedicated.”
Pfaffenberger was a school nurse for 10 years and has a daughter who teaches in the Indianapolis Public School system.
“There is simply more need,” she said. “And seeing all these donations is so nice.”