Morning Star youth council backpack drive helps needy families with school supplies

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

STEAMBOAT, Ariz., July 17, 2014

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TOP: Megan LaRose, president of the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council, in Phoenix addresses her colleagues during a council meeting in Phoenix last month. ( Special to the Times – Roshan Spottsville)

BOTTOM: Backpack Drive1 The Morning Star Leaders Youth Council is hosting its third annual backpack drive. The council includes Analicicia Salas, Megan LaRose, Treston Easchief, Kyle Blackhorse, Shandiin Manuel (with backpack) and Naakia Salas. (Courtesy photo)

Instead of water balloon fights and squirt guns it’s that time of year when students start thinking about paper and pencils as the summer months start to wind down.

But not every child gets new school clothes or school supplies. So to help kids in need as well as inspire them to stay in school the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council is hosting their third annual backpack drive from July 3 to 27.

The youth council is part of the Morning Star Leadership Foundation, a charitable, nonprofit corporation devoted to urban tribal youth in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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