Another academic year has begun in Prince William County.
Area youth are starting it with new supplies.
Lutheran Church of the Covenant (LCOC) has donated backpacks and materials to Neabsco Elementary School.
LCOC collected the items through its annual backpack drive, which was supported by Thrivent Financial, Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William (LVA-PW), and members of the Korean Mustard Seed and Iglesia Palabra Vida.
The collection is benefiting 117 students, according to Council Member Patti Beattie.
Last year, the Dale City church donated more than 100 backpacks of supplies to Neabsco Elementary School.
In addition to hosting a backpack drive, LCOC provides food and holiday gifts for children in need.