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Some kids in East Austin will get help with school supplies this year.

A local mobile app development company is trying to fill 1,000 backpacks for kids in the Austin school district. The company, Headspring, is accepting money and backpacks filled with supplies, which will be distributed across five schools on Austin’s east side.

“When you’re sitting there and you have nothing and have to raise your hand or ask the kid next to you for something and see someone else that has something nice the nice folder of Spider-Man and you don’t have anything,” said J.T. McCormick, who is organizing the drive. “It’s a different sense of pride that you have something that’s yours.”

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, teachers spend between $400 and $1,000 of their own money each year on school supplies.

Originally featured on KUT News

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