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By Max Erikson

High school students hold do-it-yourself fundraiser


January 31, 2018

Max Erikson

GENEROUS INITIATIVE: Leslie Smith (left) and Josie Quantrell undertook personal initiatives to raise much-needed funds for Backpacks for Kids.

Two freshman Goldendale High School (GHS) students raised a much-needed $540 for the Back Pack for Kids program of Klickitat County by holding a bake sale fundraiser as part of a class project for their Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) class.

Josie Quantrell and Leslie Smith both are passionate about the program and say the best part about giving back is seeing the reactions when they receive a back pack full of food each week on Fridays.

"It is nice to see the smiles on the kids' faces when they get their backpack," Quantrell says. "Just seeing how much help people need it was a big motivator to choose this project."

Smith says that when she helps out around the schools and sees the kids, she likes be able to make a difference in their lives.

"It really makes me happy to help out kids and families," Smith says. "It really helps the community and it is an important thing to do that a lot of people don't know about."

Quantrell says the motivation behind the project was finding something that needed support and was hands-on. She thinks the Back Pack for Kids program needs more community awareness and plans to do the same project next year and be involved with the program as much as she can.

"Next year we will do it again," Quantrell says. "I want to keep fundraising for this program because I really appreciate what they do.

Back Packs for Kids services 450 pre-K to high school students and families in Klickitat County including 250 in Goldendale. Ready-to-eat food is provided by the generosity of individual and community donors.

The budgetary needs to service 450 students each week is $45,000 for the school year. Donating to the program is tax-deductible, and the program assures that close to 100 percent of all donations is used to purchase food for children.

A statement by Back Pack for Kids says school administrators and staff have seen the benefits of the program and report improvement in student attendance, and a rise in parental involvement in school activities, as among the positive results of the program.

Back Packs for Kids has been granted its own 501 (c) (3) non-profit status that qualifies them for more grants, and they can issue receipts to donors for their tax-deductible contributions.

If you have questions about the program or wish to make a donation, call 773-4461 or visit the website at or email at

For donations by check, send money to:

Back Packs for Kids

304 Fish Hatchery Rd.

Goldendale, WA 98620

Families who want to find out if they qualify for the program should contact the secretary at the Head Start building at 920 S Schuster in Goldendale, next to the primary school.


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