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August 29, 2017 Kim Maialetti
  Wendy Marano
  Jessica Shearer



More Than 1,000 Backpacks Donated Through Operation Backpack

CAMDEN, NJ— The Cooper Foundation, along with city officials and school leaders, today distributed backpacks and school supplies to student scholars from KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Lanning Square and John Greenleaf Whittier schools. KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy is New Jersey’s first renaissance school, and serves students in grades Pre-K through 8th living in Camden’s Lanning Square, Cooper Plaza, and Bergen Square neighborhoods.

The Foundation collected more than 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies during its Operation Backpack Drive this summer.

“Cooper employees and friends are some of the most generous people. They share our commitment to ensuring that children have the tools they need as they prepare for another successful school year, no matter where they live,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “We know KIPP students scholars have a terrific year ahead. They are excited and ready to learn, grow and succeed.

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

The Cooper Foundation was joined by several city and school officials for the Operation Backpack distribution, including: Camden City Council President Frank Moran; Camden City Councilwoman Dana Burley; Camden City Councilman Angel Fuentes; Camden City School Board President Martha Wilson; and Camden City School Board member Dorothy Burley.

“We look forward to this backpack distribution event every year because it has a huge impact on the families in our community. The support we receive from The Cooper Foundation, our public leaders and the broader Camden community is greatly appreciated,” said Drew Martin, Executive Director of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy. “We are proud of the talented children who walk through our doors every day, and having the proper school supplies supports a productive learning environment.”

About The Cooper Foundation
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, NJ.

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.