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Updated: 07/11/2014 09:24:02AM

700 backpacks needed for Back-to-School Bash

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It seems as though summer break from school has just begun for students but before long they will be hitting the books once again. Area churches, youth groups and businesses have joined forces with a plan to provide backpacks and fun on Aug, 9 at Roger Scarborough football field from 3 to 8 p.m.

The group’s goal is to furnish over 700 backpacks to local students. Other school supplies will be handed out as long as those items last, too.

Backpacks are being collected. Donated backpacks and school supplies can be dropped off at several locations in Lake Placid and another in Sebring.

The four locations in Lake Placid are: Windows and Walls, 64 Tower St.; Functional Rehab Inc., 123 US 27 S. (across from KFC); Chef Buddy’s, 381 East Interlake Blvd., and Lake Placid News-Journal, 231 North Main Ave. In Sebring, backpacks can be dropped off at Sweet Frog on US 27.

Anyone wishing to donate by cash or check should contact Youth Minister Sean Nugent at Placid Temple Church of God. He can be reached at 863-465-4931.

“We want to bless the community,” Nugent said. “A lot of families can use the extra help before school starts.”

The Aug. 9 event will be and will include hotdogs and other refreshments. Music is on the agenda by Christian rap artists Jericho and Doughboy, gospel artist Lauren S., and Lake Placid’s own Robbie “Soul” Waters. Sweet Frog mascots “Cookie” and “Scoop” will delight the younger children. DJ Mike Barker will spin the beats and speaker Allen Johnson will inspire the young people.

The churches and youth organizations participating include Youth for Christ, First Presbyterian of Lake Placid, Simply Redeemed Youth Worship Center, STR8 UP Youth Ministry, Placid Temple Church of God, Working Faith Ministries, and Grace Bible Church from Sebring.

“We’re excited to be able to give back to our community and show the love of Christ,” Nugent said.