Need school supplies? Here's where to get them for free this weekend

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — Two major events to help local students get prepared for the new school year are set to take place Friday and Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors’ Community and Military Outreach Committee will oversee the “Cram the Van and Stuff the Truck” school supply drive for local elementary schools.

During the event, donors are asked to drop off various school supplies at AJ’s on the Bayou at 200 Eglin Parkway N.E.

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The requested supplies are lined paper, copy paper, construction paper, spiral notebooks, composition books, index cards, blue or black pens, No. 2 pencils, colored pencils, erasers, crayons, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, markers, highlighters, dry-erase markers, report covers, pocket folders, rulers, protractors, glue sticks, scissors, calculators, staples, staplers and paper clips.

Also needed are tissues, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, gloves and backpacks.

At the event, donors will have the chance to meet firefighters and police officers and enjoy free custard from Culver’s. It also will include live music and children’s activities.

On Saturday, free backpacks and school supplies, as well as $25 Kohl’s gift cards, for local students will be part of the nonprofit S4P Synergy Inc.’s 13th annual community back-to-school giveaway.

This event is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Striving For Perfection Ministries at 24 Bass Ave.

Each student will receive one gift card. They must be present to receive the giveaway items, which will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

A total of 450 backpacks with supplies will be given away. The event also will include clothing, children’s books and hot dogs and hamburgers provided to the students free of charge.

Students in the Okaloosa County School District start classes on Aug. 10.