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Providing back to school backpacks to some families in need in Ventura County

The Rptary Club of Westlake Village are preparing school supply backpacks for kids in need
Caroline Feraday
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KCLU
The Rotary Club of Westlake Village are preparing school supply backpacks for kids in need

It’s the time of year when expensive school supplies are on many of our shopping lists.

School backpacks are being filled with supplies like pens, glue sticks, and notepads, in Westlake Village on Friday. 150 of them to be exact, which are being loaded into a van and will be given to local non-profit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ventura County.

"They reached out to us and said, 'we're in need of the backpacks this year,'", said Mike Dutra, the President of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, which have organized the backpacks to be sent to children in need throughout the Conejo Valley.

"When I was a kid I got a lot of help from the Boys and Girls Club, and the police, to keep me off the streets, basically," he told KCLU. "It's nice to be able to give that back to our community."

And they’re packing a further 700 backpacks on Saturday.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 6 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.