Everyone can remember the excitement of getting ready for the first day of school with new supplies.

Marcy Trujillo, PE, firm principal, said that the past couple of years PSC has participated in the Segundo Barrio Backpack Drive.

“Segundo Barrio is one of the poorest ZIP codes in El Paso, the neediest kids,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun creating some back to school excitement and helping out kids who really appreciate it. When you see them getting their backpacks, it’s like Christmas morning.

This year Sacred Heart Church, the Downtown Management District, and the Central Business Association are partnering for the drive. More than 800 students in the Downtown area received the donations last year. People interested in the cause can donate money for the supplies or buy a backpack and fill it with supplies themselves.

Shaun Tidwell, electrical engineer, said this event speaks to the values of PSC and community involvement in this area.

“I think it’s a great thing that the Downtown Community puts together,” he said, “and it’s really able to help kids in this area.”

Marcy said this is event reminds him of the back-to-school memories common to so many. This helps him relive the memories of his childhood and reminds him of new school year preparations with his children who are now grown.

“For us, it’s fun,” he said. “It gets us all in the school spirit for the first day of school. We all remember getting backpacks when we were young or buying them for our kids.”

The backpacks will be distributed by volunteers on August 11 from 8 am to 12 pm at Sacred Heart Church in Downtown El Paso.

“I think it gives them a better outlook and a little bit of excitement when they go to the school for the first day and they’re able to take their backpack with them,” Shaun said, “and have all the school supplies that they need to start of the school year on the right foot.”