Back to school: Free backpack and supply giveaway

Candidate for City Council, Aaron Rouse, joins The Bennett Center in giving away 200 backpacks with supplies to children in Hampton Roads.
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Aug. 14, 2018 - PRLog -- For the second year, The Bennett Center will contribute to easing the financial hardship of Hampton Roads families by providing backpacks and supplies for the 2018-19 school year. On August 18, 2018, Children around Hampton roads can participate in picking the backpack of their choice and filling it with supplies, free of charge, courtesy of The Bennett Center and their generous contributors at 3824 Virginia Beach Blvd. Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

According to the National Retail Federation, families will spend over $650 per child on K-12 back-to-school necessities. Parents in low-income communities struggle to afford the basic tools for their child's academic success often choosing between supplies or putting food on the table.  This school year, some of those parents will be relieved as their children walk into school on their first day smiling and prepared to learn.

Candidates for City Council, Aaron Rouse and Virginia Beach School Board Seko Varner, along with the Pembroke Army recruiting office, are lending a hand in passing out supplies. Special guest 10-year-old Semajah Bradley of Simply Majah will be speaking to the youth on bullying.

The Bennett Center is a 501 (c) (3) charity founded by Alasha Bennett in 2016. The Bennett Center is actively involved in strengthening families experiencing economic hardship in urban areas of Hampton Roads. The nonprofit's mission is to close the gap of poverty surrounding the cities of Hampton Roads by providing disadvantaged families the tools, resources, and opportunities to increase their success of self-sufficiency. Visit for more details.

For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview with Alasha Bennett. Please call 757-754-0559 or email
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