By Faran Fagen
No student at Ramblewood Elementary will be without at least one clear backpack to start the 2023-24 school year. And the best part for Coral Springs parents is that the required pack will come at no cost.
With the announcement from Broward County Schools that clear backpacks will be required moving forward, the PTO will purchase a clear backpack for every student registered at Ramblewood Elementary for the 2023-24 school year.
“As a PTO, we wanted to ease the parent’s minds of one more thing to get for the next school year,” PTO president Lisa Smith said. “Taking this off their plates has been so much appreciated.”
After working with a spirit wear company, which gave them a discount for ordering in bulk, they ordered 775 backpacks and will distribute them at Meet the Teacher the week before school starts on Aug 21. According to to the PTO, this will be the student’s welcome-back gift.
“We wanted to put this information out now, so if you’re worried about purchasing one, we have you covered,” Smith said. “If you already have one and want to return it, you can. I believe the parents will have a sense of security with clear backpacks.”
Smith already purchased one for her two kids and plans to keep it in case it’s needed mid-year.
“You guys are literally the best, most thoughtful PTO,” parent Jessica Naranjo wrote on the Ramblewood PTO Facebook page. “On behalf of all the Ramblewood parents, thank you.”
Broward County Public Schools and Superintendent Dr. Earlean Smiley will discuss the backpack requirements at a school safety town hall on June 12 at Plantation High School, 6901 NW 16th St in Plantation, FL. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6. Students, parents, staff, and community members are welcome. Livestream at becon. tv/livestreamclearbackpacks.
For any child who did not pick up their backpack and is registered, the Ram Fam PTO will deliver the clear backpack to the classrooms before school starts.
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- Faran Fagen, who teaches high school journalism, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Journalism degree and from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Education. He’s worked at The Palm Beach Post, SunSentinel, and MLB.com. He lives in Coral Springs with his wife and two children. Oh, and his three dogs — who all think that they’re his favorite.
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