BB&K In the News Aug 29, 2017

Riverside Students Received Backpacks

BB&K’s Annual Operation Backpack Came to Hawthorne Elementary

Riverside Students Received Backpacks

For Immediate Release: Aug. 29, 2017
Media Contact: Denise Nix • 213-787-2552 •
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The beginning of the school year can be an exciting time. But for many students, it can also be scary — especially when they don’t have the supplies they need to succeed. For the eighth year in a row, Best Best & Krieger LLP partnered with community organizations to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to students who need them.
This year, we gave students in 1st through 6th grades at Hawthorne Elementary School in Riverside a filled backpack on the second day of school — Tuesday, Aug. 29. Hawthorne has a projected enrollment of about 700 students in the primary grades — many from low-income families. This is the most students we’ve assisted at one time. Since the firm began its Operation Backpack program in 2010, we’ve donated backpacks and supplies to about 4,400 California children.
“We have a lot of families who are homeless and students with special needs,” said Michelle Simmons, a Hawthorne Elementary teacher and coordinator of  its afterschool program. “This is an extraordinary thing to do for our students and we are grateful for the donations.”
“Best Best & Krieger is happy to support students in our community and we are glad that we can help them get a good start to the school year,” said BB&K Partner Jack Clarke, Jr., a member of the firm’s Education Law group who will attend the giveaway.
Operation Backpack was made possible with a $2,000 donation from the Riverside Sunrise Rotary, facilitated by Rotary President and BB&K Partner Joseph Ortiz, along with donations from vendors and BB&K attorneys, advocates and staff.

Watch a video made by the Riverside Unified School District about the giveaway by clicking here.


Best Best & Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal, employee benefits and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With more than 170 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter.

Photos from the 2017 BB&K Operation Backpack event can be found here.

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