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Families who have elementary students that attend Romulus Community Schools will benefit from a new partnership between the school district and the Wayne County Airport Authority. The nearly 1,200 enrolled students in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive backpacks filled with school supplies. The backpack giveaway will take place on Saturday, August 4, from 10am-1pm at Romulus High School during the district’s annual Academic Fun Fair.

Kenneth Dobson, Vice President of Government and External Affairs along with Katie Callahan, Senior Administrative Analyst of Business Development Real Estate Government External Affairs for the WCAA attended a regular school board meeting on July 9, 2018. The two spoke about the importance of connecting with the community and serving students. “This is just the beginning of what we want to be a long-term relationship,” said Dobson. Donations were collected from various airlines and concession vendors from Detroit Metro Airport.

“This all started when I received a phone call from Katie Callahan. We threw around a few ideas, one of which included filling a plane with school supplies. We decided that a backpack giveaway was more realistic given our timeline,” said Karensa Smith, RCS Director of Grants & Curriculum. According to the National Education Association the average cost for school supplies including notebooks, scissors, glue sticks, and more cost families about $200, on average, per elementary student. Smith added, “We hope to see all of our families at the Academic Fun Fair on Saturday, August 4, however for those who cannot attend their child will receive their backpack at their designated school, once the school year begins”.


Photo Credit:  Mark Edwards

Subjects Include:
Back Row: Romulus School Board Trustee Danielle Funderburg, Romulus School Board Vice President Ulanda Caldwell, Romulus School Board President Rob McLachlan, Romulus School Board Treasurer Devan Safford, Romulus School Board Trustee Thomas Kuderick, RCS Director of HR Gary Banas

Front Row: Superintendent of Schools Marjie McAnally, WCAA Vice President of Government and External Affairs, Kenneth Dobson, Romulus School Board Trustee Debi Pyles, WCAA Senior Admin Analyst of Business Development & Real Estate Government & External Affairs Katie Callahan, RCS Director of Grants & Curriculum Karensa Smith