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August 30, 2016 Kim Maialetti
  Jessica Shearer


Cooper Foundation, Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, City Officials, and Community Leaders
Distribute Backpacks, School Supplies to KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Scholars

More Than 900 Backpacks Donated Through Operation Backpack

CAMDEN, N.J. The Cooper Foundation along with Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, other city and community leaders today distributed backpacks and school supplies to children at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, New Jersey’s first renaissance school, which serves students in grades Pre-K through 8th living in Camden’s Lanning Square and Cooper Plaza neighborhoods.

The Foundation collected more than 900 backpacks filled with school supplies during its Operation Backpack Drive this summer.

“I am grateful to our Cooper employees and friends for their support of Operation Backpack and for sharing our commitment to the ensuring children have the same opportunities for success no matter where they live,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “KIPP student scholars are excited to begin a new school year and are ready to live out a familiar KIPP slogan – work hard, be kind. We hope they have a terrific year.”

The backpacks and supplies were donated by Cooper University Health Care employees. Thanks to their generosity, every child in the school received a backpack with all the necessary supplies for a successful start to the school year.

“Ensuring our children have the right tools and support is critical to their success and the success of our city,” said Redd. “Camden is rising and it is evident across the city, including here at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy.”

In addition to Redd, The Cooper Foundation was joined by Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, city and school officials for the Operation Backpack distribution, including: Camden City Councilwoman Dana Burley and Camden City School Board President Martha Wilson.

“We look forward to this backpack distribution event every year because it has a big impact on the families in our community. We appreciate the support we receive from The Cooper Foundation, our public leaders and the broader Camden community,” said Drew Martin, Executive Director of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy. “Having the proper school supplies supports a productive learning environment and, thanks to Cooper’s Operation Backpack Drive, our kids can start the school year with the tools necessary to learn, grow and succeed in the classroom.”

About The Cooper Foundation/Cooper University Health Care
The Cooper Foundation serves as the philanthropic, community outreach and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey with over 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, N.J. Cooper University Hospital is the premier university hospital serving South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Cooper has reaffirmed its role as a leader in medical education and research with the opening of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in 2012, the first four-year allopathic medical school in South Jersey. Cooper is renowned for signature programs in cardiology, cancer, critical care, pediatrics, trauma, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Cooper is also home to the only state designated Children’s Hospital in South Jersey—the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Over the last decade, Cooper has transformed its Camden City neighborhood into the Cooper Health Sciences Campus. In October 2013, the new MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, a freestanding cancer center for comprehensive care, opened on the Health Sciences Campus.

About KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy
New Jersey’s first renaissance school, the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in Camden, N.J., was established under the state’s Urban Hope Act, which created a pilot program to provide students in three struggling school districts – Camden, Newark and Trenton – access to new, quality public schools in their communities. The Academy was created in partnership with KIPP, one of the most renowned, national networks of free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public charter schools; The Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care, and the Norcross Foundation. The new, 110,000-square-foot campus opened in 2015 and provides guaranteed enrollment for students in grades Pre-K through 8th living in the Lanning Square and Cooper Plaza neighborhoods. The Camden network opened its second middle school in August 2016 and will grow to include two additional new schools: an elementary school and a high school, eventually serving more than 2,800 students.