Backpacks and school supplies will be given out to local schoolkids starting Saturday


Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to Daytona Beach residents during the eighth annual Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway.

Youngsters receive new backpacks and school supplies at last year’s Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway.(FILE PHOTO)
Youngsters receive new backpacks and school supplies at last year’s Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway.

The back-to-school event will be held on three separate occasions and at multiple community locations. It kicks off Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center, 1000 Vine St.

Saturday’s giveaway will be followed by two more opportunities:
Monday, Aug 10, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lenox Park (825 S. Grandview Ave.) and on Saturday, Aug.15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Daisy Stocking Park in conjunction with Community Unity Day (555 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.).

Pens, pencils and more
The financial contributions of sponsor Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Daytona allowed the city to purchase 3,000 backpacks and basic supplies like pencils, pen and paper. In addition, 25 to 30 local businesses donated even more of the items to be distributed based upon age and grade levels. Pepsi-Cola also will provide free Aquafina drinks and Frito-Lay products to attendees.

“Through this initiative, the city shows that we recognize that education and literacy are important for our citizens,” Percy Williamson, City of Daytona’s director of Leisure Services, told the Daytona Times. “We want to show that all kids should be prepared to learn, progress and get a good education. The city wants to take the lead and particularly help those who need it the most.’’

Daytona youth ages 5 to 18 are eligible but are required to be both present and accompanied by a parent with proof of residency identification.

‘Back2School Jam’ in Flagler
In Flagler County, backpacks and school uniform shirts can be purchased for $5 each at the Flagler NAACP’s annual “Back2School Jam” on Aug. 8. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palm Coast High School.

This year’s theme emphasizes parent involvement and valuable information will be dispersed regarding community programs and resources, after-school programs.  Flagler family connection sessions will be on hand to host a technology expo complete with learning stations.

Children’s Home needs supplies
The Children’s Home Society of Florida is hosting a back-to-school supply drive and seeks the assistance of local businesses and community organizations to donate supplies for 300 children and youth in their residential care.

Through Aug. 10, donations can be dropped off at the Children’s Home Society of Florida at 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave., Suite 32, South Daytona. Donations are being accepted weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or you can call to schedule a pick- up for large contributions.

Requested items include three-ring binders, USB flash drives, calculators, markers, construction paper, notebooks, dividers, color pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil boxes and pouches, as well as highlighters.

For more information, contact Cynthia Neary at or 386-304-7600, ext. 222.

Don’t forget school shots
Volusia County children who are entering kindergarten are required to have immunizations for school entry. The Florida Department of Health and Department of Education also require that all students entering seventh grade have a Tdap booster (adult strength tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine.

New and transferring students, kindergarten students and those entering seventh grade will need to provide proof of immunizations prior to enrollment. Returning students should have already completed the required shot series.

An updated Florida certification of immunization DH 680 form must be presented to the school before children can receive a schedule or enter school on the first day of classes. Parents are encouraged to review all existing records and bring shot records with them.

In addition to regular clinic hours, the following extended times are available for immunizations at the following health department locations from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Daytona Beach
1845 Holsonback Drive
Aug. 10, Aug. 12, Aug. 13, Aug. 14, Aug. 18, Aug. 19, Aug. 20, Aug. 21

DeLand and Deltona
931 N. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand; 3151 Howland Blvd., Deltona
Aug. 12, Aug. 19, Aug. 20, Aug. 21, Aug. 24

New Smyrna Beach
717 W. Canal St.
Aug. 12, Aug. 19, Aug. 21, Aug. 24
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