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September 2, 2016 220 backpacks help make a promise become reality at Denny International Middle School
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First Class Petty Officer Garrett Rochon, who serves aboard the USS Nimitz had an idea. He knew the school year was approaching and knew kids need backpacks and school supplies to have the best school experience.
So he got an idea. He wanted to collect 100 fully stocked backpacks and give them away to deserving students where he went to school. He attended Denny Middle School back in the 90's, long before the new school was built and wanted to give back.

Officer Rochon took the idea to his crew mates in the Diesel Division of the ship and asked for help. He got it.
Together, the crew collected and stocked more than double his original goal, assembling 220 backpacks for kids.

Those backpacks were made available to students during Family Welcome Night at Denny on Sept. 1 when several hundred families with incoming students came to see the school and meet their teachers.

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Denny Principal Jeff Clark graciously thanked Officer Rochon and his crew for their generous efforts, as he also welcomed all the new students to the school.

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