The summer is flying by, and the back to school season is in full swing. To help prepare families for the first day of school, community organizations in Duval and surrounding counties are hosting back to school events this weekend.
Check out these upcoming events, many of them happening this Saturday:
Saturday, July 29th
Clay County Back to School Bash 2023
Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr, Orange Park, FL 32065
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Event Details: Giveaway items include:
Backpacks with School Supplies
Clothing Bags for Students
New Socks & Shoes
Grab and go breakfast provided by The Grub Brothers
Grocery Distribution for Families ️
Community Resource Partners
All items are while supplies last, and students must be present at event to receive supplies.
Free Back To School Physicals provided by The Emmanuel Project
Where: Mercy Support Services, 515 College Dr, Middleburg, FL 32068, USA
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event Details: Pre-register for physical appointments by visiting emmanuelproject.org/schedule Once you're on the page, scroll down to "request an appointment" and select "Back to School Bash July 29th" as Date of Interest.
Back to School Bash at River City Baptist Church
6801 Merrill Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32277
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parent's want a day off? Want a fun day for your kiddos? Need school supplies? Then this is the event for your family! Drop your K - 5th grade kids off at 10 am for a fun filled day of food, worship, and school supplies. Featuring guest speaker & Magician Jonathan Barker. Wear your best Hawaiian flowers and come ready for crafts, bounce houses, play grounds, gym time, music, games, food, magic, and much much more. *school supplies available to the first 100 kids to arrive. Sign up link here.
Back to School Event at North Jacksonville and American Legion Post 197
2179 Benedict Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32209
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Come enjoy a family-friendly Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Florida Blue and American Legion Post 197.
Enjoy a family-friendly event to help you get ready for the upcoming school year!
Back to school supplies including backpacks* (while supplies last and limit per household)
Interactive and fun activities such as Balloon Twister and more.
Meet & Greet with local Community Partners such as Mayo Clinic, Beauty Industry Group, iCCaRE, Ebike Nation, Angel Kids, PROTalks and Pop Sticks.
And so much more for you to experience!
Bring your family and join the fun!
Disclaimer: *While supplies last. Event attendance is required. Limit 3 backpacks per household. Parent or guardian must be present with child(ren). Sign up for event here.
Parents Night Out & Back to School Bash!
Calvary Worship Center, 3266 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
Starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday July 29th at 6:PM we're having another Parent's Night Out Back to School Bash and end of VBS Party! Just like before, drop your kids off with us and enjoy a night offl Dinner, movie, coffee? Completely up to you!!!! We will provide all the fun including, but not limited to .... Water slide, squirters, sprinklers, dinner and giveaways! Let's have some fun before school starts back up! See more event details
Summer Movie Night / Back to School Giveaway
1 Lord, 1 Faith, 1 Baptism Outreach Ministry, Inc. | 5901 Vernon Road Jacksonville, FL 32209
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Join us in this FREE COMMUNITY event for a night under the stars! We are also hosting a back-to-School Giveaway Drive for all the children in the surrounding area. Also bring your lawn chairs and blankets as we sit out under stars and watch Guardian of the Galaxy while eating FREE Popcorn! Don't miss out on this event, hope to see you there!
Saturday, August 12th
Kick 'N' Picnic (BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT)
5045 Soutel Dr 5045 Soutel Drive Suite 21 Jacksonville, FL 32208
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
With the debut of "Ace's Vision" and "Ty's World" to the community; and "1st approved financial" coming to the Duval area this event is to welcome you to a huge loving network emerging before your eyes. ROCK YOUR BEST KICKS for a chance to win HIBBET SPORTS GIFT CARD. A few 3-day 2-night getaway vouchers from our sponsor "Ty's World" will be given out throughout multiple raffles. Performing arts to show off some choreography from our city's youth, following up with poetry and musical performances from some very talented young adults. Mind you this event is family-friendly, open to all, and FREE!!!
Food to leave you drooling, Youth to make you reminisce, and music to ignite the soul. We wish to see you in the right place, with the right smiles, at the right time. Celebrate with those that love your community as much as you.
Ongoing LSS support to families:
The LSS Food Pantry offers free food Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Families may visit the pantry up to once per month. Appointments are not required. In addition, the LSS Backpack program provides nutritious food to students at their school on Fridays so they have food over the weekend. Email LSS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (904) 448-5995 to find out if your school is a part of the backpack program.
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