BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- This week 3,500 Bridgeport students are getting new backpacks to start the school year. News 8 caught up with students at one school who say these backpacks are a big help to them and their families.
Fourth grader Kaylisa Montero couldn't wait to peak inside her new backpack.
"Are you happy to get a new backpack today," asked News 8's Nneka Nwosu.
Kaylisa nodded yes.
Kaylisa was one of approximately 330 students to get a new backpack at the Hallen School in Bridgeport.
It was all thanks to Goodwill.
Volunteers have been dropping off backpacks and school supplies at Hallen School and other schools in the city for years.
Now students from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade are ready for the school year. Many say without this, they wouldn't get new school supplies.
"Some people really don't have enough money for stuff, because people don't have enough money and they work really hard," Kaylisa said.
"They could use the money to buy food," said fellow fourth grader Hopten Guthrin.
"They have more money to buy food now," asked Nwosu.
Hopten gave an affirmative nod.
Inside every backpack, students receive folders, pencil and rulers, notebooks, and many other supplies the principal says will help each child this school year.
"When you come to school prepared and ready to learn, you don't have to worry about do you need a pencil, do you have the proper supplies to carry it," said Principal Debora Santacapita. "So, they walk in the door and they feel good about what they can do, give us their ability and be able to achieve their personal best."
Their personal best, at least among a group of fourth graders, may be discovered in art class.
"I liked the colored pencils," said Tanesah House.
"Colored pencils and crayons," said Hopten.
No matter where their interests lie, they are a few school supplies closer to success.
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