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October 13, 2015 @ 1:25 am by admin

Backpacks Build Community

Photo courtesy of Martinez Lodge No. 41: New backpacks ready to be stuffed with supplies.

Earlier this fall, members of Martinez Lodge No. 41 prepared for a familiar, treasured ritual: Brothers gathered with members of Eastern Star, Northern California DeMolay, and California Rainbow for Girls to stuff backpacks with school supplies for their “Bags for Kids” program.

Bags for Kids was initiated by the lodge in 1996 as a meaningful way to give back to local public schools. Each year, the lodge partners with community organizations – this year nearly 20 businesses participated – to raise funds for the backpacks and supplies. The backpacks, filled with pencils, erasers, scissors, rulers, tablets, and other supplies, are distributed to second grade students at five schools in two districts.

This year, members of the lodge prepared 475 bags: One for every second-grade student. Surplus donations were used to purchase needed classroom supplies. Brothers hand-delivered the bags to each school, meeting with students and teachers.

Masons from Martinez Lodge No. 41 delivering the new supplies to local second-graders.

They presented each second-grade teacher with a letter from the lodge, which included words of thanks:

“Your work in Martinez makes a great difference for all of our children. Because you care so much about them, you have directed them to trust themselves in all that they do and become. As Masons we believe in your children and we believe in you. Thank you for making the future of Martinez brighter.”

Learn more about Martinez Lodge No. 41 and the Bags4Kids program atmartinezlodge41.org/bags-for-kids.

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