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GraceWorks is asking the public to help 2,400 students in Williamson County schools make the best start possible for the upcoming school year.
On July 30, GraceWorks, in collaboration with other groups and agencies, will distribute backpacks filled with school supplies at the 2016 Big Backpack Giveaway to help students in need.
Still needed are 1- to 2-inch three-ring binders and composition books. Cash donations are also welcome and will allow organizers to purchase required supplies that have not been donated.
The Big Backpack Giveaway will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Liberty Elementary — 600 Liberty Pike in Franklin — and will include music, food and fun for the entire family. Children are required to be present to receive backpacks.
For the convenience of other county residents, backpacks and supplies also will be distributed at smaller giveaways the same day. One is from 10 a.m. to noon at Fairview High School and the other from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 4814 Bethesda Road in Thompson’s Station.
One in eight students in Williamson County will have little access this year to basic school supplies because of their family’s economic circumstances.
“Receiving a backpack filled with the tools needed to succeed in school can be a life-changing experience,” said Brian Myers, church and community relations manager for GraceWorks. “Helping provide necessary school supplies to Williamson County students in need equips them to have a successful school year.”
Many of the school supplies are provided by the United Way Patricia Hart Society’s Stuff the Bus Campaign and Publix. The event has been sponsored by area churches, civic groups, businesses and individuals for 13 years.
Supplies can be dropped off at GraceWorks by July 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or cash donations can be sent to GraceWorks Ministries, 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin, TN 37064. Please put “backpacks” in the subject line of checks.
You may also donate online quickly and securely by clicking here.
Volunteers are also needed to help during this event. Those interested can visit vols.pt/yqca1e to sign up. Sponsors include Williamson Medical Center, Publix, Heritage Heating & Cooling, BlueCross BlueShield, Mapco/Delek, K-Love 97.1, United Way, Sprint and area churches, organizations and businesses.