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Rosary Cathedral & Queen of Apostles students receive 460 backpacks from Owens Corning

Students at Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Apostles schools in Toledo received 460 backpacks filled with notebooks, glue sticks, markers, folders and other supplies as part of Owens Corning's United Way campaign to serve children in need.

Rosary Cathedral School received 240 backpacks on August 16, and Queen of Apostles School received 220 backpacks on August 18.

This is the second year Owens Corning has provided backpacks to Toledo-area schools. Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Apostles will also receive a total of 26 teacher kits filled with supplies like dry erase markers, paper towels, pens and hand sanitizer, in an effort to help with the expenses that many teachers pay out of pocket.

Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Apostles schools are part of Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT), a ministry of the Diocese of Toledo. CCMT provides K-8 education rooted in the faith traditions of the Catholic Church. Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Apostles are the only two Catholic schools in Toledo's central city and have been educating students for a combined 250 years.

CCMT schools are a 100 percent approved free-and-reduced lunch institution. Despite the high poverty rates, 99 percent of CCMT students who remain in Catholic schools go on to graduate from high school, and 95 percent continue on to college.

Owens Corning is providing a total of 1,060 backpacks and 75 teacher kits to four local schools.