Junior Auxiliary helps area students start the school year right

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg met Tuesday to sort school supplies and fill backpacks as part of their annual Backpack Service Project.

"We want every child in Hattiesburg to be able to start the school year off right," said Tonya Kay Atkinson, Backpack Coordinator for the Junior Auxiliary.

The backpacks are delivered to 23 schools in Forrest and Lamar counties and will ensure that around 1200 students have the necessary supplies for a successful school year.

The school supplies are purchased with funds raised at the Junior Auxiliary's annual Charity Ball. The funds go toward purchasing backpacks, paper, notebooks, crayons, markers, and notebooks in bulk.

"It's always nice to be on the receiving end of gifts but there's something very rewarding about being on the giving side as well," said Sabrina McDonald, co-chair of the Backpack Project.

Each school's counselor identifies the number of students in need. Parents with children in need of assistance can contact their school's counselor.