NASCIO Backpack Give Back at the 2015 Midyear Conference

120 backpacks filled with school supplies donated to Alexandria City Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement Center

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 14, 2015 — State and corporate members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) raised funds for backpacks and school supplies to benefit kindergarten students in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) while attending the 2015 Midyear Conference in Alexandria, VA, April 26-29. NASCIO members stuffed 120 backpacks to be distributed to students through ACPS’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and raised an additional $1,000 in funds for the organization.

Each fall, many Alexandria students face the prospect of starting school without adequate supplies. "By coming together as a community, we can ensure all students have the basic tools to start the school year with confidence," said FACE Manager Krishna Leyva. “We are honored that our community has been extended across the United States due to NASCIO’s Give Back campaign.”

The FACE Center offers the opportunity to integrate relevant afterschool activities for students with workshops and resources for parents and community members aimed at improving student academic achievement. FACE also offers a one-stop shop for families and the community to obtain information and support on educational and other issues. Research indicates that engagement in schools is linked to improved academic outcomes, behavior, attendance, and graduation and college enrollment rates.

Learn more about the FACE Center at