School Pride is evident during the BackPack walk. Students and Staff from nearly all of our 50+ schools participate.
The Backpack walk is a wonderful opportunity to open students eyes to the challenges some face and to give them a way to help out.
Who says you have to walk? The backpack walk is typically a great way to spend an early Spring morning.
The annual Backpack walk happens each April near East High School.
Thousands of Lincoln Public Schools staff, students and families braved a chilly Saturday morning to hike around Lincoln East High School in the sixth annual BackPack Extra Mile Walk – a trek that raised more than $153,000 for the hungry children of Lincoln. And donations are still coming in.
In six years of walking the walk, LPS employees have raised almost $810,000 for the Food Bank of Lincoln’s BackPack program, which provides Friday food-filled backpacks to children who need help with nourishment over the weekend.
The annual fund-raiser is organized by the LPS Business Affairs Leadership Team and coordinated by LPS Budget Director Shari Styskal.
The two major goals of the Walk are:
Raising money for the hungry children of our community
Educating our community about the needs of children at Lincoln Public Schools
“I believe we’re really making a difference,” Styskal said Saturday, pointing out this year’s theme, “BackPack Extra Mile: Helping to Feed Families – One Backpack at a Time.”