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13th free backpack event set for July 29

By Staff | May 18, 2012

Lee County public schools begin the 2012-2013 school year on Aug. 8 this year. In preparation for the event, the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida’s backpack event is ready to begin.

The community-wide back-to-school festival and outreach program marks its 13th year from 11 a.m.3 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

More than 13,000 are expected to attend and more than 2,000 students ages 5-12 will receive free backpacks, school supplies and other giveaways. There event is free and all families are welcome.

The main goal of the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida is to support students in need while also celebrating the diversity in our community. Free backpacks and school supplies will be provided to the first 2,000 children, who must be present with their parent or guardian in order to receive the supplies.

The Big Backpack Event also provides free services such as eye exams, haircuts and fingerprinting. Festivities include face painting, a bounce house and a full day of live multicultural entertainment on the main stage of the event center.