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Registration open for Back to School Bash

June 26, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Registration is now under way for the Back to School Bash, an event that provides free backpacks and supplies for students through 12th grade.

Lehigh Community Services has provided backpacks to students for many years. This is the second year they have held the Back to School Bash, which is in partnership with New Life Assembly of God and other churches.

To register, the family must live in Lehigh Acres. The parent needs to bring a photo ID, as well as the birth certificate for the child during business hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Registration closes on Friday, July 19.

"Once they are registered, then they go to the event on the 27th to pick everything up," Peplow said.

The Back to School Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at 5146 Leonard Blvd. South.

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Last year between 500-600 backpacks were handed out, and this year at least 750 backpacks will be given to Lehigh students.

Ryland Ciaccio, a Life Scout, is raising money for the Back to School Bash for his Eagle Project. He wants to supply 1,000 elementary school backpacks filled with school supplies. His letter stated that "the need is there, with over 31,000 students in Lehigh Acres schools, 100 percent on free breakfast and lunch program. I want to help as many as possible."

Ciaccio's goal is to raise $20,000 to help meet the 2019 Lehigh Acres school supply needs.

"He is doing a great job," Peplow said, adding that they are doing a lot of mailings and received a good number of donations from having their information at the Alva Diner.

She said in the past, they had another young man do an Eagle Scout Project with Lehigh Community Services.

"Ryland approached us and said he would like to do it for us," Peplow said.

The Back to School Bash will feature food, face painting, haircuts, manicures, fire truck tours, bike repairs, giveaways and Pelican's Snoballs.

"We have a business that does bike repairs. Kids can bring their bikes," she said.

The event mirrors the Big Backpack Event. Peplow said they wanted to have other school-related offerings at the event, such as having haircuts for the youngsters.

"That is what we are trying to mimic here in Lehigh," Peplow said. "We encourage everyone to bring their kids that day."

The students who attend the Back to School Bash will have the opportunity to choose their own backpack color and style from what is available on display.

From there they are escorted to a table of their grade, which will have the school supplies they need.

Peplow said they will have the opportunity to choose such items as an eraser of their color choice.

For more information call (239) 369-5818, or stop by Lehigh Community Services, at 201 Plaza Drive, Suite 3.



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