Almost 1,000 backpacks were given to kids at two back-to-school bashes held on Saturday to help prepare them for the first day of school.

North Port and Englewood held drive-thru distributions where parents could pull up and receive backpacks and a variety of other items.


Back-to-School bash in North Port on Saturday

Ana McClendon, community outreach coordinator for Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, explains the programs available for children 5 and younger.

Back-to-School Bash in Englewood

Jacob Shtanko, right, smiles as he gets to sit in the driver’s seat of an Englewood Fire Department truck in Englewood.

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