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School 29 students welcome Lawyers for Learning

Kindergartners Jahniya Isidore, left, Jayanna Gibbs and Ja’Yon Moore were excited about their new backpacks, which came filled with school supplies.

Crayons, pencils, folders — all were packed nicely in a light blue backpack.

The response from the recipients of the school supplies was nothing less than excitement, smiles and even a big thank-you hug.

“This is awesome,” said Tyler Gibson, a second-grader at Adlai Stevenson School 29, after he was given his own backpack.

Members of the Monroe County Bar Association’s Lawyers for Learning Committee came to the school Thursday bearing gifts. The backpack and school supply distribution program is in its 19th year.

This year, approximately 450 backpacks with school supplies donated by law firm LeClairRyan were handed out. Volunteer attorneys also visit the Rochester school weekly to mentor students as well as to help out in classrooms, said Elena Renner, chairwoman of the committee.

Many of the students don’t have the resources for school supplies, and they always are appreciative of what the attorneys bring, Renner said.

And although this is the second day of school for kindergartner Catoure Moody, she was all business and ready to get to work after receiving her backpack.

“I can’t wait to see what’s inside,” she said.

— Photos by Mike Murphy


Members of the Monroe County Bar Association’s Lawyers for Learning program distributed backpacks to students at Adlai Stevenson School 29. The program is in its 19th year.

Attorney Tate Tischner of LeClairRyan helps kindergartner Catoure Moody with her backpack as classmate Ja’Yon Moore looks on. Mike Murphy

First-grader Porter Wyatt sorts through his school supplies.

Kelly Badum hands out a few of the approximately 450 backpacks with supplies donated by LeClairRyan.

Cindy Sylvester of LeClairRyan was a hit with the School 29 first-graders.

First-grader Travell Harris was thankful for his backpack and gave Kelly Badum a hug.


Fifth-grader Haydee Lopez, with Carmen Delgado, is all smiles after receiving her gift.


Lawyers of Learning committee chairwoman Elena Renner is in her fifth year of heading the committee.