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United Way Prepares Record-Number of Students for Back-To-School

Volunteers packed more than 5100 backpacks with school supplies this year.2 / 2

The United Way is helping a record number of families prepare for back to school.

Families lined up early at the Fargodome today to pick up backpacks and supplies from United Way's 16th annual School Supply Drive.

Volunteers packed and are distributing more than 51-hundred backpacks to kids in kindergarten through high school.

This year, United Way expects to serve more than 3-thousand families.

Thomas Hill/ United Way of Cass-Clay: "As the community grows, the need is growing as well. So we want to be able to meet that, while we also look at proactive solutions to try to really make sure that families are ready for school on that first day."

There will also be a second distribution event on Tuesday from 4 to 7PM at the Fargodome.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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