“On the third Wednesday of each September, we celebrate the American Occupational Therapy Association’s National School Backpack Awareness Day™! Join AOTA and occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students across the country on September 21st as we help others Live Life To Its Fullest by avoiding the pain and injury that can come from heavy backpacks and bags. ”
Here is a great one-page information sheet that parent and teachers (or student’s themselves) can use to make sure that the backpack is always a helpful, and not a harmful, tool for students. Parents and teachers, please work with your students to ensure that their backpacks are adjusted to the proper fit and that the weight does not exceed 15% of the child’s body weight.