Massport Helps Students Get Ready for School: Students Benefitted from the 12th Annual Backpack Project

Children at the Community Action for Safe Alternatives (CASA) in Winthrop received a surprise back-to-school gift from the Massachusetts Port Authority. Each of them were given a backpack filled with school supplies and clothing to get them ready for the first day of classes.

“The Backpack Project is a fun and rewarding experience for Massport employees each year,” said Massport Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs Alaina Coppola. “Now, more than ever, we want to help these students build their confidence and self-esteem and encourage them to look forward to the new school year.”

The giveaway was part of Massport’s 12th annual Backpack Project for Children aimed at assisting homeless families and families in need. This year, about 75 Massport employees donated items and volunteered their time to fill the backpacks.

Thank you to Massport for another successful Backpack Project,” said LeighAnn Eruzione, Director of Diversion at CASA. “The youth at 21st Century and CASA are thrilled to have new school supplies and backpacks as they transition into the school year.  Knowing that they have the support of the many giving people over at Massport, has made the start of a unique virtual school year feel better!” 

Massport also sponsored children at the Crossroads Family Center in East Boston and the South Boston Neighborhood House in South Boston. In all, 49 students from the three organizations benefitted from the project this year. The children range in age between 4 to 17.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information, please visit

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