Spotlight 29 Casino partnered with Office Depot to donate 100 backpack/lunch box combos with school supplies to Roosevelt Elementary
School in Indio on Friday Sept. 20.
The backpack combos included notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, glue sticks and scissors, according to casino reps.
Roosevelt Elementary principal Clayton Hill said the school will coordinate with classroom teachers, parents, and the school counselor to determine who is most in need and disperse the backpacks accordingly.
"We have a handful of students that are designated homeless because they don’t have a permanent residence, and students who live with their families in motels, and students whose parents just don’t have the resources to provide those kinds of things," Hill said. "Our student population averages between 97% to 99% poverty level, so it won’t be hard to find students who will be grateful for these backpacks."
Spotlight 29 Casino, located off of Interstate 10 at Dillon Road, is a business venture of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.
"As one of the largest casinos and employers in the Coachella Valley, we recognize the importance of giving back to the community and reaching out to those less fortunate," said Adam Sak, Marketing Director, Spotlight 29 Casino.