Back to School Celebration 2017

On August 26, 2017 Merrick was thrilled to welcome East Side students and families to the new Merrick Community Center for our annual Back to School Celebration and backpack distribution.

In the months leading up to the event, community organizations, churches, and businesses collected and donated backpacks, notebooks, pencils, rulers, glue sticks, crayons, calculators, and more as part of our summer School Supply Drive. On August 24, a group of dedicated volunteers thoughtfully packed the backpacks with age-appropriate supplies and healthy snack packs.

In addition to receiving backpacks and school supplies, students had the chance to choose from hundreds of donated books and participate in a produce distribution coordinated by Merrick’s Food Shelf. The event also featured engaging STEM activities, collaborative crafts, and, of course, the Merrick popcorn machine!

Merrick gave away 725 backpacks to East Side youth – making this our largest backpack distribution to date! Thank you to everyone who hosted school supply drives, donated items, sorted supplies, assembled backpacks, and volunteered at the Celebration. We couldn’t have done it without you! Best wishes to all for a great school year!

To see more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page