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Doane hosts annual Back 2 School Drive

Doane hosts annual Back 2 School Drive

Doane staff members Andrew Brown, Wilma Jackson, Daniel Maganda

CRETE -- Student-athletes on fall sports teams have arrived on campus, faculty are filing in, and with the annual Back 2 School drive held yesterday evening, the return of the school year is imminent.


Hundreds of Crete Elementary school students, their parents, and members of the Crete community gathered at Cassel Theatre Thursday evening for Doane’s annual Back 2 School Drive Community Picnic. Organized by Doane Serves, the Admissions Office, and Multicultural Support Services, the Back 2 School Drive is an opportunity for the campus and community to come together to celebrate the start of the school year and collect school supplies for the Crete Elementary and Intermediate school students and teachers.


This year, approximately 500 bags filled with over 25,000 school supplies were donated to Crete Elementary school (pre-K-2nd grade) and Crete Intermediate School (3rd-5th grade). Some of the school supplies donated included pencils, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, erasers, sticky notes, dry erase markers, zip lock bags, and Kleenex.


“This is an amazing opportunity to partner with the Crete community and Crete Public Schools to help students get off to a great school year,” said Wilma Jackson, Director of Multicultural Support Services. “I have been involved in the event since it began so this event means so much to me. Each year it continues to grow and we are able to serve more families. The excitement on the faces of the kids is priceless.”


In addition to school supplies being donated and picked up, families of students at Crete Elementary and Intermediate school enjoyed food, music, and inflatables at Cassel Theater. Members of the Crete Police Department and Crete Fire Department were also in attendance.


“I think it’s very important to give back to the community because the community has and does so much for us also,” said Daniel Maganda Sandoval, Admission Counselor for Diversity Outreach & Recruitment. “Giving back gives us a sense of satisfaction and builds bonds between Doane and Crete community members that may have not been established prior to the event taking place. The community picnic allows us at Doane to show the citizens of Crete we are proud to be a part of this wonderful community.”