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Group host backpack giveaway for Bloomington students

BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) – A local group wanted to make sure Bloomington-Normal students are ready for school.

The ‘Back-to-school Alliance’ hosted a drive-thru event to help unit 5 and district 87 students in need.

There were more than 4,000 free backpacks and supplies.

Chair of the Back-to-school Alliance Jan Meadows said the need was great.

“Our need has increased to the point of one out of every three Bloomington-Normal kids is eligible for help, so that’s a lot of kids, and we are going to support as many as we can,” Meadows said.

The supplies were for Pre-K to 8th grade students.

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