AstraZeneca Employees Fill Backpacks for Local Students


Alisha Martin

With fall in full swing, excitement around the new school year continues for many students across the country. But for children whose families struggle to afford the necessary supplies, this time of year can be challenging as well.

To help those in need, this year, AstraZeneca employees donated personal funds and resources to fill 75 backpacks with school supplies for students at Las Américas ASPIRA Academy, a bilingual charter school in Wilmington, Del. The backpacks will provide incoming kindergarten students with a selection of supplies to start the year off right, including markers, glue sticks, scissors and colored pencils.  AstraZeneca employees also donated additional items from the school’s “Wish List,” which included snacks and specialty arts and crafts materials.

In addition, AstraZeneca employees joined together to collect hundreds of supplies for Children and Families First’s Supply Drive, including backpacks, over 115 notebooks, 50 packs of pencils and 25 boxes of crayons. Children and Families First distributed these supplies to children attending elementary schools in Wilmington’s East Side.

In addition to partnering with groups like ASPIRA and Children and Families First on back-to-school drives, AstraZeneca is committed to supporting a variety of educational initiatives in Delaware throughout the year, with a focus on efforts that help build enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and create a stronger, more talented Delaware-based workforce.

Desiree Faison, Community School Site Coordinator, Evan G. Shortlidge Elementary Academy and students: (L-R) Antonio Gordon, Raheim Rogers, Ray L. Burruss, Olivia Brown and Emmanuel Webb receiving AstraZeneca donated school supplies.