GUSD Distributes Free Backpacks to Students

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Narineh Hakopian and Anoush Barzegar of the Glendale Unified School District recently handed out 107 free backpacks containing school supplies and protective equipment to the district’s new students..

Glendale Unified School District staff recently distributed 107 free backpacks to students across all grade levels. Each backpack was filled with necessary personal protective equipment, educational resources and school supplies for students.
The district drive-by distribution was the first of its kind and was funded by the Refugee School Impact Program, which specifically supports students who have been in the country for less than five years.
“We are committed to supporting all of our students by ensuring each and every child has the resources they need to succeed during this distance learning experience,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Vivian Ekchian. “This is another way we are taking steps to accelerate learning and increase pathways for every student.”
The initiative to provide essential school supplies was spearheaded by the Glendale Unified School District Categorical Programs Department to better support newcomer students during distance learning. To learn more about the Refugee School Impact Program, visit

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