Alumni donates enough backpacks for every Lakemont elementary student

The Tri-Cities

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Students at Lakemont Elementary in Petersburg were given a gift Thursday ahead of the upcoming school year. An alumni living in Georgia donated enough backpacks for every student at the school.

Lamar Drew, a G&P Trucking Co. driver and organizer of Lighten the Load LLC, attended the Petersburg school when it was called Robert E. Lee Elementary. As a way to give back to his old school, Drew donated 600 backpacks to students.

Each student was allowed one free backpack at Lakemont’s open house from 1 – 5 p.m. One fourth grader named Derionna Tucker spoke with 8News about how important it was for every student to get a backpack.

“If they don’t have a backpack, they should have something to carry their books in,” Tucker said.

Drew spoke Thursday about how much giving back to where he came from means to him.

“To be able to come back and give has always been a dream of mine.”

Drew said that he’s given more than 1,700 backpacks between Petersburg and Augusta, Georgia, where he lives. He told 8News that he’s doing it to help families in need so students can flourish.

“Most parents are in financial situations, some good some bad,” he said. “They can chase their dreams and be successful. They can be whatever they want to be. There are no boundaries for them chasing their dreams.”

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