Lackawanna College delivers school supplies to elementary school
SCRANTON, Pa. – On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Lackawanna College staff members delivered backpacks filled with school supplies to benefit third grade students at George Bancroft Elementary School in Scranton in what has become an annual back-to-school tradition for both institutions.
The ROCKET Project, which stands for Registrar’s Office Connecting Kids with Educational Tools, began in 2010 with Bancroft Elementary as its pilot school. Since then, the program has expanded to serve students in 20 regional schools. Additional schools are being helped this year through the ongoing generosity of community partners.
In a continuing effort to provide assistance to regional schools, the ROCKET Project also has donated school uniforms and playground equipment. The project also funded playground renovations at Bancroft Elementary in 2014.
Funds for the ROCKET Project are raised primarily through monthly on-campus fundraisers supported by College faculty, staff, and local businesses. Lackawanna also received additional donations to benefit the ROCKET Project from Parker Hill Church in August.
“Bancroft holds a special place in our hearts since this is where it all started. Seeing the joy on the students’ faces is what motivates us to continue our project. We look forward to many more years of helping students throughout the area,” said Lackawanna College Registrar Theresa Scopelliti.
For the upcoming year, the ROCKET Project will continue to reach out to surrounding schools to identify their needs. With continued support, the Project will be able to provide more backpacks and supplies to each school, and continue to grow their efforts.
Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With its main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda.