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Evan Cullinan, left, and Willie Vails, both recreation specialists, load up the backpacks in preparation of the event.

Charlotte County Community Services will be hosting a drive-thru Back 2 School Bash from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at Harold Avenue Regional Park recreation center.

Backpacks will be given away to the first 350 students entering kindergarten through fifth grade, and to the first 150 students entering sixth through 12th grade. Children must be present to receive a backpack and all families must remain in their vehicles.

There will be two drive-thru lanes at the event, one for students entering kindergarten through fifth grade and one for sixth through 12th graders.

Harold Park Recreation Supervisor Jill Boyd said everyone should stay in their vehicles and recreation staff will bring the backpacks to the cars.

“We just want to make sure that families feel safe and protected,” Boyd said. “We will be wearing masks and unlike past events, we’re not allowing any vendors or additional people on the property this year.”

The backpacks will have school supplies inside as well as a new book.

“Charlotte County libraries donated the books and we were fortunate to receive some generous donations from local sponsors,” Boyd said.

Boyd said she hopes next year the event will offer more activities like in previous years, but she’s happy to help as many people as possible right now.

“So many families have lost income in the recent months and we’re looking forward to helping them out,” she said.

Harold Avenue Regional Park recreation center is located at 23400 Harold Ave., Port Charlotte.

For more information, contact Jill Boyd at 941-681-3760 or Jill.Boyd@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

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