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City Back-2-School Bash exceeds goal for backpacks

Backpacks given to students

BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star

Don’t expect a sophomore slump at Citizens Bank Stadium next month.

Planners of the second annual Back-2-School Bash, scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., recently received positive news that their target goal of raising funds for 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies had been surpassed due to the outpouring of support from the community.

When the final totals rolled in, Bekah Price, Elizabethton City Schools public relations coordinator, expressed gratitude for each donation to benefit children within the community.

“I have been blown away by everyone’s generosity for the second year in a row. It speaks volumes that the churches and businesses in a town our size are able to work together to help students start school with the supplies and resources they need,” Price said.

The organizers of the events, East River Park Christian Church, Elizabethton City Schools, Elizabethton Police Department and Carter County Health Department, were able to raise over $20,000 and placed the order for backpacks this week. The 1,000 backpacks are a 25 percent increase compared to last year.

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