SPRINGFIELD TWP.  The community support was overwhelming as the Springfield Cares Organization held its first Stuff the Bus school supply drive from July 28-30.

Springfield Cares, along with the help of local churches, businesses and community organizations, was striving to fill 450 backpacks to be available for Lakemore and Springfield children as they go back to school. President Nancy Rodrigues said this is the fourth year the organization has provided supply filled backpacks for students.

The backpacks will be passed out to students from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lakemore Municipal Building, 1400 Main St. Students must be with a parent or guardian to receive the backpacks. Adults cannot pickup backpacks for their children.

The backpacks will be stuffed with items needed for the start of school, including pencils, pens, paper, folders, notebooks, glue sticks and much more.

Rodrigues said the event was great and the 450 backpack goal was met.

"Such a huge support from the community. We will be doing it again next year," she said.

During Saturday's backpack event, the Lakemore Fire Department will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs and serving chips and drinks.

In conjunction with collecting school supplies, Springfield Cares also collected non-perishable food items for a new program beginning with the new school year called Spartan Snack Pack. Springfield Cares and the Lakemore Lions have teamed up on that program and Heather Anderson with the Lions club will be the director.

The goal is to provide food for students at Schrop Intermediate and Young and Spring Hill elementaries who have parents that work throughout the weekend or families that are short on funds. Children who are chosen to participate in the program will take home a snack pack for the weekend.

For those that would like to donate to the Snack Pack program, items can be dropped off at any Springfield School's office.

Items to donate (please check expiration dates) include: Hearty soups, canned pasta, canned tuna/chicken, applesauce cups, fruit cups, Slim Jims, beef jerky, Ramen noodles, peanut butter jars/cups, protein/cereal/granola bars, cereal cups, macaroni and cheese, boxed/cups oatmeal packets, pudding cups, cheese/peanut butter cracker packs, juice boxes/pouches, microwave popcorn, hamburger and tuna helper