ODU Alumni Backpack Project Helps 120 Local School Children

Backpack Drive


Columbus, OH – More than 120 students at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Columbus received essential school supplies as a result of Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Alumni Association Council’s annual school supplies drive. The drive was held during the month of August.

In addition to supplies that were dropped off, supporters donated nearly $500 to purchase items such as pencils, crayons and glue sticks. Bill Rauch, a 1971 graduate of ODU and alumnus of Holy Spirit Catholic School, donated 100 brand new high-quality book bags. The supplies were given to Holy Spirit Catholic School on Aug. 29.

“ODU’s Alumni Association Council reflects annually on activities that fulfill ODU’s mission and its commitment to serve our local community,” said council chair, Lucia Delewese McQuaide ’70. “The key to learning is being ready to learn. By providing students with backpacks and other essential school supplies, the ODU community is helping to prepare them for success in the classroom and in life.”

This was the third year the council sponsored a school supplies drive to benefit a local Catholic school or organization. In 2012, ODU collected enough supplies to fill 100 backpacks for All Saints Academy students. The inaugural drive also collected enough financial contributions to purchase a high-definition television for the school’s library. In 2013, ODU collected a year’s worth of school supplies for St. Stephen’s Community House as well as food to help fill the organization’s pantry.

About Holy Spirit Catholic School 

Holy Spirit Catholic School is a state-chartered Catholic elementary school of Holy Spirit Parish, under the auspices of the Diocese of Columbus Office of Catholic Schools. The school’s mission is to maximize student learning through the development of responsibility, reason and resilience. For more information on Holy Spirit Catholic School, click here.

About Ohio Dominican University 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.