Lackawanna College Scranton PA

Ann Grebeck, Scranton School District

“Students get a sense of pride from all the items because it makes them feel important and special. They learn at an early age the importance of being prepared for school. All of these items give them a sense of pride. Often our students are latchkey kids and go from one family member’s home to another to daycares and foster care homes. The backpacks are their ‘home base’ where all their school treasures, weekend clothes, and snacks are taken to the many places they travel each day.”

GET INVOLVED

THE ROCKET PROJECT

Through the ROCKET Project, which stands for Registrar's Office Connecting Kids with Educational Tools, backpacks filled with school supplies have been provided to students in the Scranton School District. Click below to learn more.

DONTATIONS

Since 2010, Lackawanna College's Office of the Registrar has used a series of small on-campus fund raisers to make a big impact on elementary school students in the greater Scranton community. Click below to donate!

GET IN TOUCH

The ROCKET Project also purchases school uniforms and playground equipment. For more information, please contact The ROCKET Project Team, at Lackawanna College, at 570-961-7840.

SHOPPING

Are you already registered with The ROCKET Project? Click below to sign in. Are you an educator in need of school supplies for your students and classroom? Click below to create an account.

in the beginning...

The College first adopted third grade students at George Bancroft Elementary School and continues to serve that population to this day. In 2014, the ROCKET Project expanded to aid students at John Adams Elementary School, and in 2015 the College began donating supplies to South Scranton Intermediate School.

The project also funded playground renovations at Bancroft Elementary in 2014. Renovations were completed by student-athletes, Police Academy cadets, and staff.

SERVING THE GREATER NEPA

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Funds for the ROCKET Project are raised through monthly on­campus fund raisers that are strongly supported by current College faculty and staff members, local businesses, and more.

Lackawanna has also received additional donations to benefit the ROCKET Project from Follett, M&T Bank, and the law firm of Cognetti & Cimini. We are currently accepting monetary donations to aid the 900 Scranton School District students who were displaced due to asbestos concerns. 

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SOME OF our SUCCESS STORIES

"We’ve seen firsthand how the ROCKET Project equips children not only with school supplies, but with a sense of belonging and value... We continue to partner with The ROCKET Project because... we will accomplish more together and than we would separately."
Steve Brown
LCBC Church
"Countless students are benefitting from your thoughtful and generous donation of backpacks and other essential supplies… We hear daily the challenges that so many families are facing, Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our neighbors!"
Lisa Durkin
United Neighborhood Centers
"With the state of our economy and budget cuts, we are grateful to our community for thinking of us. Our third-grade students proudly put their backpacks to good use and we will all enjoy the playground and gym supplies, along with the cassette recorder."
Nora E. Phillips
Scranton School District
"Please express our thanks to all that contributed to the very generous donation of 50 filled backpacks to the Women's Resource Center. Your donations allowed us to give needed supplies to many of the families we work with on a daily basis."
Peg Ruddy
Women's Resource Center
"We’ve seen firsthand how the ROCKET Project equips children not only with school supplies, but with a sense of belonging and value... We continue to partner with The ROCKET Project because... we will accomplish more together and than we would separately."
Steve Brown
LCBC Church
"Countless students are benefitting from your thoughtful and generous donation of backpacks and other essential supplies… We hear daily the challenges that so many families are facing, Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our neighbors!"
Lisa Durkin
United Neighborhood Centers
"With the state of our economy and budget cuts, we are grateful to our community for thinking of us. Our third-grade students proudly put their backpacks to good use and we will all enjoy the playground and gym supplies, along with the cassette recorder."
Nora E. Phillips
Scranton School District
"Please express our thanks to all that contributed to the very generous donation of 50 filled backpacks to the Women's Resource Center. Your donations allowed us to give needed supplies to many of the families we work with on a daily basis."
Peg Ruddy
Women's Resource Center