Councilman Yates announces the results for the First Annual Stacks of Backpacks, Back to School Donation Drive

August 13, 2019

Louisville – As a new school year begins in Jefferson County, more than 250 backpacks and school supplies will be handed out to local children in need throughout Southwest Louisville Metro thanks to some generous donors.

          On Tuesday, Councilman David Yates (D-25) announced the results of a friendly competition between five gyms in Southwest Metro Louisville.

          “Planet Fitness Dixie collected the most backpacks in this competition, but the real winners are the children of the area who will start off the school year with the supplies they need to learn,” said Yates. “Once again, the community has stepped up this time insuring that vulnerable children in our area will have the supplies they need for school.”

          On Tuesday, the Councilman announced the results of a competition between these five gyms: Crunch Fitness, 6801 Dixie Highway, Louisville Athletic Club, 10205 Dixie Highway, The Southwest YMCA, 2801 Fordhaven Rd, Planet Fitness Dixie, 5138 Dixie Highway, and Planet Fitness Valley, 10713 Dixie Highway.

          Yates, along with Council Members Rick Blackwell (D-12) and Cindi Fowler (D-14), sponsored the friendly competition to get the community involved in the importance of helping children start off a new school year.

          Planet Fitness Dixie led the way in the competition with 130 backpacks of 252 collected. The gyms also collected a wide array of school supplies ranging from 656 notebooks, 177 reams of paper, 378 folders and 188 boxes of crayons. The gyms also collected pencils, and other tools needed in the classroom.

          Each backpack donated will contain an assortment of school supplies.

          Representatives of the Jefferson County Public School System were on hand to collect the backpacks and supplies and make sure the items will be given to children in need before the new school year starts on Wednesday,

          “We know children do their best when they are equipped with what they need to learn,” said Yates. “I am grateful and proud of these gyms and the people who helped us this year begin what I hope will become an annual education drive for the children of our community.”

          For more information about the final outcome of the First Annual Stacks of Backpacks, Back to School Donation Drive, contact Councilman Yates’ office at 574-1125.