Planning is underway for the fourth annual bash. Organizers are calling on the community to get involved as sponsors, partners in the resource fair and volunteers.
“We’re thrilled to have had so much support over the last few years and excited to now be planning an even bigger and better bash,” said Bekah Price, Elizabethton City Schools public relations coordinator. “We are looking at diversifying the backpacks we offer, improving traffic flow and expanding the resource fair this year. It’s a great way to get involved and directly support local students, so we encourage everyone to consider how their business or place of worship can be involved.”
Backpacks average $16 and include age-appropriate school supplies. Event planners have set the goal at 1,000 backpacks this year and have various sponsorship and recognition levels available.
There are three levels of recognition for sponsors, from gold to bronze.
Participants qualify for the gold level sponsorship by providing in excess of $1,000, or 62 backpacks. Gold sponsors will be recognized in several ways, including a billboard and displaying an organization’s 8-foot-by-4-foot (or smaller) banner at event gates. Gold sponsors will also be included in news releases, promotional material at the event, on the Elizabethton City Schools website and social media.
Participants for silver sponsors must provide at least $640 or over 40 backpacks. Silver sponsors will receive recognition on news releases, promotional materials at the event, and the Elizabethton City Schools website and social media.
Bronze sponsors qualify by contributing at least $320 and 20 backpacks or more. Bronze sponsors receive recognition on promotional materials at the event, on Elizabethton City Schools website and social media.
This free event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9-11 a.m. at Citizens Bank Stadium at Elizabethton High School. In addition to backpacks, the event includes obstacle courses, inflatables, lunch, giveaway items and a family resource fair.
The resource fair is open to businesses, non-profits, and municipal organizations that provide resources that sustain families throughout the year.
“The resource fair is one of the most important elements of this event,” Price said. “Not only do families get to learn about all kinds of health and education resources available, but they get to meet dozens of people that have come out to support them and their children. Our goal with this event is for students to return confidently to school, but also for families to know that this community is behind them 100 percent.”
Price said the bash wouldn’t be possible without the support of dozens of volunteers. Time slots and available positions for interested volunteers will be posted closer to the event.
Those interested in sponsoring the event, applying for a space in the resource fair, or volunteering should call 423-547-8000 or email [email protected] For more information, visit the Back-2-School Bash web page.