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'Back2School' rally returns to Arlington Aug. 19

From left, sisters Sarenna and Kaylee Sweeney consulted with mom Tamy about which books to stuff in their free backpacks full of school supplies from last year
From left, sisters Sarenna and Kaylee Sweeney consulted with mom Tamy about which books to stuff in their free backpacks full of school supplies from last year's 'Back2School' rally.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

ARLINGTON — Presidents Elementary will once again serve as the site for Arlington in Action's "Back2School" rally on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m.

Arlington in Action is soliciting donations of not only new backpacks, but also new school supplies to fill them, to go to K-12 students in the Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington school districts.

As of Friday, Aug. 10, event organizers estimated that they'd filled 150 backpacks with school supplies, but warned that they had about another 150 backpacks that still needed some donations to finish filling them up.

All school supply donations can be dropped off at one of Arlington in Action's donation locations, listed on its website at www.arlingtonbackpack.com, while monetary donations may be made out to the Arlington Assembly of God, with "Back2School rally" in the memo line. These can be mailed to or dropped off at the Arlington Assembly of God, located at 201 N. Stillaguamish Ave.

Preregistration on the www.arlingtonbackpack.com website is required for students to receive backpacks, and they and their families must be present at the rally to receive their backpacks. Registration is online only for this event.

Aug. 19 will mark the "Back2School" rally's third year since it made its debut in 2010, by distributing backpacks and school supplies to roughly 500 area children. This year's rally will also include back-to-school haircuts, as well as a number of services and activities designed to prepare students and their families for the 2012-13 school year.

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