‘Pack ‘em Back to School’ preps students for new year

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■ Churches donate backpacks filled with school supplies

  • Marilyn Vrana (left), David Olson, Holly Schmit, Phil Troester, Bob Spotanski and Laura Jobman stand with a portion of the 93 donated backpacks for students at Aurora Elementary and Middle School. News-Register/Jeni Moellenberndt
    Marilyn Vrana (left), David Olson, Holly Schmit, Phil Troester, Bob Spotanski and Laura Jobman stand with a portion of the 93 donated backpacks for students at Aurora Elementary and Middle School. News-Register/Jeni Moellenberndt
  • Laura Jobman works to sort out the incoming backpacks by grade and gender. News-Register/Jeni Moellenberndt
    Laura Jobman works to sort out the incoming backpacks by grade and gender. News-Register/Jeni Moellenberndt
As the beginning of the school year draws closer, area churches have gathered together to make sure all students have the supplies they need. The “Pack ‘em Back to School” program isn’t new to Aurora and has been handled for a number of years by the Messiah Lutheran Church. “The numbers kept getting more and more and it just kind of became a burden for our church,” Marilyn Vrana reported. “We…

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