CHEROKEE — Children who have been displaced, whether from losing their home to natural disasters, fires and other causes are often left with little comforts.

Southeast High School SkillsUSA students are helping to comfort local children through the B&B Backpack Project.

The B’s stand for blanket and book.

A book and blanket will be placed in a backpack to be distributed to children by local fire departments, law enforcement, area homeless shelters and the the Department for Children and Families as needed.

The project is part of SkillsUSA Kansas’ mission to bring comfort to children in need, along with providing an opportunity for students to practice leadership and community service, Career Technology and Education Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor Jim Rockers said.

“It is something they can give to them at that time to bring them a little comfort,” Rockers said.

The SkillsUSA students at Southeast High School are seeking help to make these donations possible.

They are asking for donations of children’s blankets and books which will be placed in drawstring backpacks, donated and made by Southeast Paraeducator Colleen Renn, who happened to have the bags on hand.

“We are glad to have them [backpacks], they are really nice,” Rocker said.

Rocker said their goal is to put together at least 24 backpacks by the end of February.

People can drop off children's books and blankets at Southeast High School until the end of February.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.