Popular Student Success Drive underway

Lorenzo Barden of Marblehead will start kindergarten this fall, but on Tuesday he was filling backpacks for the SPUR Student Success Drive. The drive supports 700 children in need with backpacks and school essentials. Kids served live in Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem and Lynn.

SPUR, a Marblehead-based nonprofit, works with local school counselors, social workers, food pantry directors and others to identify kids who need school supplies.

To get involved, visit SPUR’s website before August 18 to sponsor a backpack and supplies. Opportunities are also available to help fill each backpack and write a personalized note to each child.

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Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter. She also works as a PR specialist.

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