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Keesler Federal donates backpacks and school supplies to 6,500 coastal preschools – Picayune Item


BILOXI, Miss. (July 20, 2022) – Mississippi Gulf Coast Kindergartens will begin the 2022-23 school year with necessary school supplies courtesy of Keesler Federal Credit Union.
The non-profit financial cooperative is once again sponsoring Backpacks for Bright Futures, donating needed backpacks and school supplies to kindergarten students. The credit union today distributed 6,500 backpacks and supplies to 16 public school districts located in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone and George counties.
Keesler Federal launched the program in 2019 and now, four years later, has provided backpacks and supplies to more than 26,000 public school preschoolers.
The distribution took place at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, with each district picking up the supplies at some point. Each district will determine when to distribute supplies to students. Keesler Federal team members helped load thousands of boxes into vehicles. Supplies include a clear backpack plus scissors, markers, construction paper, glue sticks, erasers, and more.
“Buying necessary school supplies can be a financial burden on families, and that’s especially true in economic times when costs are rising,” said Andy Swoger, president and CEO of Keesler Federal. “These new Kindergarten students are eager and excited to start school and we want to make sure they have the tools they need to start their school journey off right.
“Over the past three years, the feedback from educators and parents has been incredibly positive and extremely gratifying. Keesler Federal strongly believes in supporting the communities we serve, and Backpacks for Bright Futures is certainly one of our most important giving programs.
The program has been so successful that Keesler Federal is expanding Backpacks for Bright Futures to other markets. New areas to be added this year include Jackson (Jackson Public Schools, Canton, Clinton, Hinds County and Pearl), Hattiesburg (Hattiesburg, Petal, Forrest County and Lamar County) and Jefferson Parish Schools in Louisiana.
Jefferson Parish Schools is the 98th largest school district in the United States and includes Metairie, Kenner, Harvey, Marrero, and other communities.
The expansion will more than double Keesler Federal’s Backpacks for Bright Futures program, with more than 14,800 backpacks and supplies distributed across all 26 school districts.
“I can’t think of a stronger mission than helping our children start school and progress in their education,” Swoger said.
About Keesler Federal Credit Union
Founded in 1947, Keesler Federal is a dynamic, stable and financially strong credit union dedicated to building a better community, one member, one relationship, one financial solution at a time. With more than $4.3 billion in assets and $1 billion in new loans annually, Keesler Federal is Mississippi’s largest credit union and the 80th largest nationally. The nonprofit financial cooperative is owned by more than 290,000 members worldwide and has 39 locations in the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Mobile and New Orleans markets. Keesler Federal proudly serves the financial needs of people from all walks of life, and membership is widely available to the thousands of people who live, work, worship, or attend school in these areas. For more information visit www.kfcu.org