Tuscaloosa City and County students are back in class beginning Aug. 11, and one local ministry is ensuring they all get started on the right foot.
Greg and Pam Rogers headed up the Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition and Apples for Education more than a decade ago, with the goal of giving students in need their best chance of success.
“Studies have shown students do better throughout the year when they show up to school that first day prepared,” Pam Rogers said.
Pam Rogers said after she and her husband moved to Tuscaloosa, they were called to help.
“I really did ask god to give me a heart for this city,” she said. “And he did.”
Now, the Backpack Coalition has grown more than the Rogers said they could have ever imagined.
“Right now we’re at about 2,200 students from the city and the county,” Greg Rogers said.
Some donations are small, and some are massive, but every donation helps, the Rogers said.
If you’d like to be involved in this year’s Backpack Coalition effort, it’s not too late. You can donate a backpack, school supplies or money at the old Salvation Army building in Alberta, 1601 University Blvd E..