DC 81 and PATCH Prepare Hundreds of Students for their First Day of School

Thanks to the Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation (PATCH), students and teachers of Richard T. Castro Elementary School in Denver, Colorado received hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies. Volunteers from the DC spent two weeks filling the backpacks to prepare kids for their first day. The backpacks were then delivered and distributed to students on their first day of school. 

“Our hope is to lessen some of the everyday stressors, like the financial responsibilities placed on parents and students in our communities, by providing new school supplies,” said JD Fitch, Business Manager of IUPAT District Council 81. “The men and women of the IUPAT are happy to help, and we are all humbled by the opportunities we are afforded through our PATCH Programs. We strongly believe, as a community-based organization, that we must invest in our communities and the future of the children within them by partnering with schools like Richard T. Castro Elementary and others all over the United States and Canada.”

District Council 81 would like to recognize Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, Denver District 3 City Councilwoman Jamie Torres, Dr. Robert Villareal and the staff of Richard T. Castro Elementary for helping them make this happen.