Sixth annual “Boatload of Backpacks” marks record donations from Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler held its sixth annual “Boatload of Backpacks” fundraiser to help area students start off the new school year on the right foot. This year marked Boston Whaler’s biggest ever donation, as more than 150 backpacks filled with school supplies were loaded into a 170 Dauntless and delivered to three local elementary schools.

It was the first time Boston Whaler’s new president, Nick Stickler, participated in the event. “Boatload of Backpacks is such a great program, and it was wonderful to be involved firsthand,” he said. “Boston Whaler’s employees are passionate about building the best boats in the world and supporting success within the local community. We would not be the strong company we are today without the community’s support, and we’re proud to be able to give back.”

On hand to receive the donations were Principal Dr. Jan McGee and Assistant

Principal Tina Duncan at Burns Science and Technology Charter School; Principal Carrie Crkvenac and Assistant Principal Jennifer Holmgreen at Indian River Elementary; and Principal Jeff Reaves and Assistant Principal Michele Brown at Edgewater Public School. Each location received more than 50 backpacks containing two boxes of Crayola crayons, six glue sticks, scissors, washable markers, two spiral notebooks, 24 pencils, erasers and more.

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