By CHARITY SMITH
BESSEMER — Just under 70 students who attend Washington Elementary School, will receive a backpack this year from the Washington School Adopt-A-Backpack program.
Approximately half of those took advantage of an opportunity to pick out their own bag on Saturday morning at the VFW Post 3673 hall in Bessemer.
The program, which is now in its seventh year, selects three grades to assist each year, along with all special needs students, according to Al Gaiss, one of the group’s organizers.
Students in those grades who meet the “pre-pandemic”...