When 8th grader Ben Blizard heard about the annual Operation Backpack drive at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA, his older brother Sam’s school, he decided to take on the challenge by himself. Relying both on his social media connections and the kindness of his neighbors in Ipswich, Ben collected 90 backpacks, 33 of them within a 24-hour period.
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STATE: Ben, as an 8th grader, you’re not yet a student at St. John’s Prep. What moved you to collect these supplies on your own and why has this become so important to you?