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Fill-the-backpack challenge is underway: How you can help kids in Cuyahoga County get ready for the school year

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Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 08:16:25-04

CLEVELAND — The fill-the-backpack challenge is underway, and there are a couple of new items this year!

The Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services hopes to send 1,200 of its kids back to school with backpacks filled with supplies.

They provide a list of supplies and a tag you can use to mark what's inside the backpack.

This year, they're also asking you include headphones for remote learning, if needed, and a face covering. A mask isn't on the required list, but they say it would be very helpful.

There are several more traditional items on the list as well, like pencils, notebooks and crayons.

They are asking you to please pre-pack the backpacks with supplies to help with physical distancing.

You can e-mail the department to schedule a no-contact drop-off: DCFSOutreach@jfs.ohio.gov

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