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Former Pendergast student creates non-profit to give school supplies to needy


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  • Nedda Shafir/Pendergast School District

Kaitlyn Martinez, 14, a student at the Phoenix Coding Academy and former Rio Vista Elementary student believes teens can make a difference. Kaitlyn started Backpacks for Kids a 501 C 3 organization.

Kaitlyn started backpacks for kids when she was 11 years old and one of her friends didn’t have any school supplies so Kaitlyn and her mom got her school supplies and that lead Kaitlyn and her mom Michelle to have a conversation about kids not having school supplies. That led to a school supply drive at her school. They were able to give everyone school supplies that needed them and it turned into an organization that gives an average of 1,000 back packs with school supplies and Love Bundles (bags for kids entering foster homes, shelters or who are homeless.)

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Kaitlyn Martinez, 14, former Rio Vista School student show teens can make a difference. Photo Courtesy Pendergast Elementary School District

According to Kaitlyn, “When one of my friends didn’t have supplies, I realized that there were others kids that also needed supplies in order to be successful in school. I wanted to give students the same opportunities I have.”

She has now made this a service club at her school and has students involved in making a difference for others.

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast Superintendent is so proud of Kaitlyn. “It is so gratifying to see when one of our students sees a need and finds a solution. Kaitlyn is an inspiration to us all. We will be working with Kaitlyn to assist in her organization.”

To donate, go to the website or Facebook page.