Operation Baton Rouge Backpack
Prolonged periods of rainfall caused catastrophic flooding in portions of southern Louisiana recently, submerging thousands of homes and businesses. Lucille Nesom Memorial School in Tickfaw, Louisiana and Amite Westside Middle Magnet School in Amite, Louisiana, both of Tangipahoa Parish, were two institutions that incurred significant property damage. In addition to the school buildings being damaged, the students of both schools personally suffered substantial to complete losses within their households. To answer the need of these students, the Cotton Foundation started Operation Baton Rouge Backpack, a one-week campaign to deliver backpacks and supplies to a large population of children in the region who were impacted by this event.
Together, along with the generous support of individual and corporate sponsors both locally and nationally, the Cotton Foundation was able to raise the funds necessary to purchase backpacks and school supplies for over 1,000 Kindergarten through 8th Grade students, in just one week. Representatives from the Cotton Companies and local volunteers spent two days stuffing backpacks in preparation for delivery; and on August 31, 2016, all were on hand to carry out the second phase of Operation Baton Rouge Backpack – distributing the backpacks to the Children at the schools. Operation Baton Rouge Backpack provided every student of these two schools a backpack complete with the required list of school supplies inside and those leftover were donated to Tangipahoa Parish School System’s Book Bag Program. Charlotte Tillman, Principal of Nesom Memorial and Ashley Walker, Principal of Westside Middle were on hand to assist with the distribution to the students and both were very grateful for the contribution to the students.
A special THANK YOU to all who donated and / or volunteered their time to Operation Baton Rouge Backpack.