Chestertown Verizon retailer to host backpack giveaway

The Verizon store in Chestertown is giving away backpacks full of school supplies from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1.

CHESTERTOWN — Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon authorized retailer, announces that its TCC and Wireless Zone stores, including its Chestertown location, are donating backpacks full of school supplies to children during its ninth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

Since 2013, TCC has donated 1.2 million backpacks filled with supplies to students nationwide to ensure children are well prepared for the start of the school year, according to a news release. TCC will also award three students each $10,000 college scholarships.

Nearly 750 participating TCC and Wireless Zone stores are inviting local families to their locations from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, a ruler, folders and glue.

“The start of the school year is an exciting time, and we are thrilled to support the education of the youth in our communities through our School Rocks Backpack Giveaway,” said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC. “By providing families across the country with essential school supplies, we’re easing the back-to-school shopping burden and helping set children up for success.”

One backpack will be given away per child present on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Each store location will adhere to local and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to provide a safe environment for event attendees and TCC employees, the release states.

According to the National Retail Federation, American families with school-aged children spent an average of $789.49 on school supplies in 2020 — totaling $33.9 billion spent last year on school supplies alone.

TCC is working to ease the strain of rising school supplies costs through its annual program, the release states.

Each participating TCC store will donate up to 150 backpacks with all leftovers being donated to local schools. Locations on the Mid-Shore include 865 Washington Ave., Chestertown and 63b Kent Town Market, Chester.

Supporters of the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway are encouraged to use hashtags #SchoolRocks and #BetterTogether on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.

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