School Supply Spectacular to give backpacks, supplies to low-income Cass County students in August





Contact: Ryan Cheevers / 269.932.3546


School Supply Spectacular to give backpacks, supplies to low-income Cass County students in August

United Way of Southwest Michigan partners with local businesses, organizations to present the annual event

This year’s School Supply Spectacular will provide free backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies to low-income students throughout Cass County. It will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Brookside Learning Center (61662 Dailey Rd., Cassopolis). A limited number of backpacks will also be available on Wednesday, August 22 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Marcellus Methodist Church (197 W. Main, Marcellus).

Backpacks will be available, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to Cass County children (pre-K through grade 12). Children must be present in order to receive a backpack and must be accompanied by an adult. 

Five of the backpacks will contain a Golden Ticket. The lucky children that receive a Golden Ticket in their backpack will win a $50 gift card for back-to-school clothing, a free haircut, a fun dental-care kit and two big boxes of after-school snacks.

Feeding America of West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry will be available on these dates at both locations.

Volunteers needed on:

·       Tuesday, August 14 at 9 a.m.

·       Friday, August 17 at 9 a.m.

·       Saturday, August 18 at 9 a.m.

·       Wednesday, August 22 at 9 a.m.

For more information or to volunteer, visit

Major sponsors of School Supply Spectacular 2018 are St. Denys Foundation, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Michigan Gateway Community Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Chemical Bank. Other sponsors supporting this event include 1st Source Bank and the Edward Lowe Foundation.


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