The volunteers at the heart of Operation Backpack were hard at work at Alexander Galt Regional High School on Tuesday morning, getting school supplies ready to hand out to students. Launched in 2015 with the goal of helping students to get all the supplies they need to start off the school year properly in the face of financial difficulty, the local program is now in its fifth year of operation and going strong. According to Daphne Nelson, who was preparing bags alongside Cheryl Graham on Tuesday, the program was helping more than 100 students at Galt alone this year, with an additional 33 having been given bags at Lennoxville Elementary School. This, the volunteers said, is a significant increase in participation over last year. “And it’s not just Lennoxville,” Graham added, pointing out that many of the students who pick up their bags at Galt are coming from feeder schools in other communities. See full story in the Wednesday, Aug. 28 edition of The Record.