Operation Backpack 2017

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Help a student start the school year equipped to succeed!

Play Pensacola Parks & Recreation and community partners are collecting backpacks and school supplies to help children and families in need at the start of the 2017-18 school year. The children you help through this campaign will be filled with joy, hope and excitement as they enter into the new school year.  

New backpacks and school supplies will be collected June 1st through August 4th and then distributed before school starts in August. Donations will benefit children and families near Cobb, Fricker, and Woodland Heights Resource Centers and attending the city's summer camp programs. Families may also sign up to receive a backpack and supplies by contacting Molly Mahtani at the Bayview Senior Center by calling (850) 436-5190 or email mmahtani@cityofpensacola.com

No donation is too large or too small. Last year we were able to help 93 children go back to school prepared with a full backpack of supplies by collecting donations and supplies over just one month.  Haynes Van & Storage sponsored the event last year and has offered again to store any overflow backpacks and supplies we receive so we hope to receive even more donations than last year.

School Supply List
1 Backpack
1 pkg Washable Markers
1 pkg Colored Pencils
24 No. 2 Pencils 
1 Pencil Sharpener
3 Pens
2 Pink Erasers
1 Pencil Box or Pouch
3 Yellow Highlighters
3 Glue Sticks
1 pair 5-inch Scissors
3 Wide Ruled Spiral Notebooks
1 pkg Wide Ruled Composition Notebooks
1 pkg Wide Ruled Paper
5 Twin Pocket Folders
1 Calculator

Special Collection Dates:

July 30th    Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Concert featuring The Astronauts look for the PNJ Be Local Van!!
August 4    Hill-Kelly Drive-In Movie featuring the Lego Batman Movie
Bring a backpack full of supplies and get entered into a drawing for a Family Fun Pack from Skyzone Trampoline Park!!

Collection Sites:
Bayview Senior Center 2000 East Lloyd Street
Cobb Resource Center 601 East Mallory Street
Fricker Resource Center 900 North F Street
Gull Point Resource Center 7000 Spanish Trail
Vickrey Resource Center 2130 Summit Blvd
Woodland Heights Resource Center 111 Berkley Drive
Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd, Bldg #3
American Heritage Financial, 3155 Gateway Lane, Cantonment
Skyzone Trampoline Park, 5007 N. Davis Highway  - July 1-31 only-receive one 30-minute jump passes with each donated backpack!
Orangetheory Fitness,5555 N. Davis Highway
Pensacola Police Department Headquarters, 711 Hayne Street
Pensacola News Journal, 2 N Palafox Street


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