Massport Lends a Hand to Students Returning to School


15th annual Backpack Project benefitted nearly 100 children

Alaina Coppola and Audrey Nagle of Massport delivered backpacks to Crossroads Family Center as part of the Authority’s annual Backpacks Project.

EAST BOSTON – Employees at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) joined together this year to help prepare students in neighboring communities for the upcoming school year. Nearly 100 children at the 21st Century Afterschool Program in Winthrop, Condon Community Center in South Boston, Crossroads Family Center in East Boston, East Boston YMCA and the South Boston Neighborhood House, are starting the school year with new backpacks, new school supplies and new clothes donated by Massport employees through the 15th annual Backpack Project. The Backpack Project is Massport’s annual back-to-school drive aimed at assisting local families in need.

Alaina Coppola and Audrey Nagle of Massport delivered backpacks to East Boston YMCA as part of the Authority’s annual Backpacks Project.

“The annual Backpack Project is always fun and rewarding for Massport employees to participate in,” said Massport Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs Alaina Coppola. “We are grateful for the generosity of our employees and proud to partner with these organizations to help make a positive impact on local children.”

“The Crossroads families are grateful for these wonderful backpacks, and it means a lot, knowing that the backpacks project team always has them in mind before the school year,” said Danila Theagene Pierre, Assistant Program Director, Crossroads Family Center.

“The Y is grateful to Massport for ensuring our young people are prepared for the school year with fresh supplies!” said Joe Gaeta, Executive Director, East Boston YMCA. “Setting our children up for success early in the school year is key to a positive year.”

This year, over 150 Massport employees participated in the Backpack Project by sponsoring children individually or as a group, providing school supplies and new outfit for children, ages 4-17.