Boston Whaler donates backpacks to Florida schools

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Boston Whaler held its sixth annual Boatload of Backpacks fundraiser to help Edgewater, Fla. area students start off the new school year on the right foot.

More than 150 backpacks filled with school supplies were loaded into a 170 Dauntless and delivered to three local elementary schools. Whaler said the donation is the largest it has made. Boston Whaler's new president, Nick Stickler, participated in the event for the first time.

"Boatload of Backpacks is such a great program, and it was wonderful to be involved firsthand," said Stickler in a statement. "Boston Whaler's employees are passionate about building the best boats in the world and supporting success within the local community. We would not be the strong company we are today without the community's support, and we're proud to be able to give back."

Receiving the donations were principal Jan McGee and assistant principal Tina Duncan at Burns Science and Technology Charter School; principal Carrie Crkvenac and assistant principal Jennifer Holmgreen at Indian River Elementary; and principal Jeff Reaves and assistant principal Michele Brown at Edgewater Public School.

Each location received more than 50 backpacks containing two boxes of Crayola crayons, six glue sticks, scissors, washable markers, two spiral notebooks, 24 pencils, erasers and more.

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