FOLEY - Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys kept the holiday magic alive, bringing it into 2021 for the start of the school term. To kick off the first annual Project Backpack, 1,600 backpacks filled with …
FOLEY - Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys kept the holiday magic alive, bringing it into 2021 for the start of the school term. To kick off the first annual Project Backpack, 1,600 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to students in Baldwin and Mobile Counties. The first stop in Baldwin was at Magnolia Elementary School in Foley.
“We’re so excited to be able to do this,” said Whitney Cadwell, marketing director at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys. “This has been a dream of Andy’s for a while, to be able to give backpacks to public elementary schools near all of our office locations. This year we were able to donate 1,600, and we hope to grow that every year and eventually touch all of the public elementary schools in Baldwin and Mobile. It’s good to be able to give back. The community gives so much to us, so to be able to give back to the community means a lot.”
During the presentation, 150 students were present in Magnolia School’s gym to receive their backpack and supplies, while the rest were distributed throughout classrooms later. The Foley High School Cheerleaders attended, leading the younger students in cheers once they had received their backpacks. Many smiling faces filled the gym as the students checked out their bags and supplies. Two students, Shanik and Rashadd, expressed their thanks to Andy Citrin and his firm, and said after the difficulties of last year the backpacks were a nice surprise.
“It means a lot to us,” Shanik said. “With everything that’s happening lately, it’s really difficult for people to afford things like this.”
The brand-new backpacks contained school supplies needed by K-5 students. Items included pencils, crayons, notebooks, and more. Project Backpack aims to help families and students during the unusual school year, and schools were chosen based on the percentage of enrollment with the most need.
“We’re so excited that Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys chose to come to Baldwin County, to Magnolia School, and present these bookbags,” said Superintendent Eddie Tyler. “What a wonderful example of businesses reaching out to the community. It shows their investment in education and how valuable they view education. Citrin Law Firm’s a busy firm, they work very hard, but to take the time to recognize the value of education, we are so appreciative. These backpacks probably mean so much to the parents and to the children. Good backpacks aren’t cheap, so for [Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys] to do this, what a servant’s heart. As the superintendent, I just want to express our appreciation from the board and what this means to our students and parents.”
A second Project Backpack event is scheduled for August 2021 to coincide with the start of the next school year. Two additional schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties will be selected at the time to receive backpacks and supplies. From that point forward, the annual “Back to School” Project Backpack event will become a staple of the new school year every August.
“We started Project Backpack to give every student a winning edge for their upcoming school year,” said Citrin. “By donating 1,600 backpacks full of supplies to three of our area’s neediest schools we have taken action to improve our communities. Our firm practices law by setting goals, being proactive and winning. We want to extend those same principles to these kids.”
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys operates five office locations in Alabama and Mississippi. For 34 years, they have specialized in auto, truck, commercial, pedestrian and motorcycle accidents. To learn more, call 251-888-8888 or visit www.andywins.com.