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Big Bend area nonprofits, ICE Foundation team up to provide students with school supplies

Posted at 5:51 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 17:51:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee nonprofits are teaming up to prepare students with enough food and supplies for the start of classes Monday.

Innovative Community Engagement Foundation, a panhandle-based nonprofit, worked with Tallahassee Housing Authority, Second Harvest of the Big Bend, and Girls On the Run for their fifth annual backpack bash.

They're giving out more than 280 backpacks and school supplies for K-12 students in the area, along with about $20,000 worth of food.

ICE president, G.C. Murray, says he knows people are nervous about starting school during the pandemic so they wanted to give a hand where they could.

"It's a good feeling to get out," said Murray. "It's a little intimidating. I know a lot of people are scared to gather even in small amounts but we know that we're doing a good thing and we know students are going back to school and we know they need the supplies so there's still that gap to bridge and we wanted to do our part to help as much as we could."

ICE has a few virtual volunteer opportunities for people wanting to help students, too.

To find out how recording a minute-long video reading a book could help a child in the Big Bend area, click here.