Backpacks distributed for homeless students across Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Feed the Children has donated 600 backpacks filled with school supplies, books and basic toiletries for homeless students across the state of Nevada.

"The homeless population in Nevada has risen," Karen Gordon, State Liaison for Homeless Children and Youth, said.

Carson City School District and the Nevada Department of Education teamed up to divide and pack the 600 backpacks and supplies for homeless children and youth.

"Part of the new 'Every Student Succeeds Act' is to learn to help our districts to locate students that are homeless and to give them supplies to fill their needs," Gordon said.

The following school districts will receive supplies for their homeless students:

- Carson: 60 backpacks
- Churchill: 30 backpacks
- Clark: 100 backpacks
- Douglas: 40 backpacks
- Elko: 60 backpacks
- Humboldt: 30 backpacks
- Lander: 30 backpacks
- Nye: 90 backpacks
- Storey: 10 backpacks
- Washoe: 80 backpacks
- White Pine: 20 backpacks
- SPCSA: 30 backpacks

Each backpack is filled with a new book, school supplies and basic toiletries.

"Sometimes those basic needs really can get a student through school," Katie Morales, program coordinator for Washoe County School District, said.

The backpacks are being distributed across the state by Feed the Children.