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Castaic Middle School student lends peers a hand


Posted: October 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Shannon Mayock, director of marketing and communications for After-School All-Stars L.A., stands with Emilie Alber and several of the backpacks Alber donated.

Armed with her own full backpack, Castaic Middle School 7th grader set out to provide her peers with the same good fortune.

To earn her Girl Scout Cadette Silver Award, Emilie Alber decided to collect and fill backpacks and lunchboxes with school supplies for kids that may need them.

“I created Backpacks with Hope because I wanted to help people that could not afford backpack or school supplies,” Alber said.

To earn her award, she needed to work a minimum of 50 hours on the project. So she set her goal at 100 filled items and got to work.

She decided the best course of action was to post a video she created over summer at Apple Camp. Once finished, Alber posted the video n her mother’s Facebook page, and friends chared the message quickly — donations started coming in.

Now she had to figure how to distribute them.

“First I contacted local organizations in the SCV, but there didn’t seem to be a need for the items I was collecting,” Alber said. “I was starting to get frustrated when (a representative from Los Angeles program After-School All-Stars) happened to reach out the Santa Clarita Girl Scout Service Center. I was happy that someone would be able to use the backpacks and supplies.”

The L.A. organization took Alber’s first donation, 68 backpacks. But Alber wasn’t finished.

So ASAS arranged to send 64 additional backpacks to Porter Middle School in Granada Hills, and on Friday, Alber spoke on the importance of community service during an assembly at Porter.

“I’m hoping to collect a lot more backpacks and donate them,” Alber said. “I’m hoping to team up with some schools and do lemonade stands or popsicle stands to raise money to buy more school supplies. I have asked larger corporations for donations but have been unsuccessful.”

The recipients have expressed many thanks toward Alber’s efforts“Emilie’s work is absolutely incredible.

“She is an ambitious, kind-hearted young lady that has a bright future ahead,” said Shannon Mayock of After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles. “Our students come from low-income communities and lack the resources to purchase such items. Emilie’s handwork in collecting back-to-school items will ensure that numerous students will have a successful school year with the supplies they need.”

Alber is well on her way to earning her Girl Scout award.



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