Pottawatomie County DHS has partnered with The Salvation Army of Shawnee for the 1st Annual, Backpacks for Back to School Event. For years The Salvation Army has distributed backpacks with school supplies to children in need. In June, the organization announced they were unable to continue with this program. DHS was aware of the negative impact this would have on already strained families in our community as well as our school districts. However, after discussing this matter with our school- based social workers we identified that 87% of students in the county would not be able to acquire supplies needed without this program. After looking at the high percentage given, the County office wanted to assist these families.