Ahwatukee Foothills orthodontist Joe Pearson and his staff hosted a backpack drive this summer to benefit students at Frank Elementary School in Guadalupe. When the drive ended, the office looked like a back-to-school store with more than 300 backpacks.

Linda Bayard from the office notified News Channel 5 of their efforts, and staff from the station visited Pearson's office and awarded $500 from their "Pay it Forward" program to be used for additional school supplies.

Pearson and staff members recently delivered all the supplies to Frank Elementary School and met with the principal and staff members. The backpacks and supplies were distributed during meet-the-teacher night.

The drive was coordinated by Lisa Abeln after hearing from her pastor at Corpus Christi Catholic Church that 98 percent of students at Frank Elementary start the school year without a backpack or basic supplies.

Pearson Orthodontics is at 4350 E. Ray Road. For more information, call (480) 759-7575.

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