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Backpacks given out to local students

Backpacks given out to local students. (WRSP)

The First Day Fun organization gave out backpacks to students in the central Illinois area, Saturday.

Backpacks were distributed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Each backpack has the basics from the district school supplies list and varies with each grade year.

The First Day Fun founder says the event helps kids start the school year with everything they need to succeed.

"We're trying to help them have a sense of dignity on that first day of school by giving the basic supplies that everyone should have to at least start out on an equal footing," said founder Dr. John Charlton.

This is the 25th year that First Day Fun has been giving out free backpacks for central Illinois students.

1,800 backpacks were distributed.

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