Children will start the school year with new backpacks filled with school must-haves thanks to the backpack drive conducted annually by the United Church of Rowayton for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). From now until Aug. 15, the meeting house behind the church at 210 Rowayton Avenue will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive backpacks. \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Suggested items are tissues, colored pencils, pens, crayons, geometric stencils, compasses, erasers, rulers, tape, file folders, glue sticks, scissors, notebooks, paper, pencils, pencil sharpeners, white out, staplers, staples and calculators. Only a few of the items need to be included. The loaded backpacks will be delivered to the DCF for distribution directly to students in need from kindergarten to high school. Wisenite Laurent of the DCF says, "We have a list of needy students and deliver the backpacks directly to children in their home. "The students are so surprised and happy to be given the backpacks," says Laurent, "The backpacks are filled with items they need for the new school year. "The parents are happy, too, because school supplies are increasingly expensive." This is the fifth year of the backpack drive, organized by the church's Board of Christian Outreach (BOCO). "The drive is a very successful program," said Bill Peltz, BOCO chairman. "It is designed to help children start the school year with much-needed supplies," says Peltz. "It is a great way for students to start the school year." For questions, text, email or phone Bill Peltz at 203-858-0230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.