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School Supply Drive Underway For Agricultural Workers' Kids on Central and South Coasts

(photograph courtesy of MICOP)

A program is aiming to fill 600 backpacks for the children of agricultural workers going back to school in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Backpacks filled with school supplies like notepads, pencils, pens, glue sticks and more, are a necessity for kid going back to school.

Jessica Brandon from Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing project – known as MICOP – says that it’s important every student has those resources.

MICOP is aiming to supply 600 backpacks to the children of mostly agricultural workers, in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

"Most of these children's parents are agricultural workers and outfitting more or one of their children with the things they need to begin their school year can often be beyond their means," she told KCLU News.

"Having those proper tools is important. It gives them the sense that the community is there to support their education," said Brandon.

Donations are accepted online here or backpacks in person at 200 W 5th Street, Oxnard, until August 20.

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