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Hundreds of backpacks will be handed out Saturday at John Adams Elementary School

Kids playing near Alexandria City High School (staff photo by James Cullum)

More than 700 new backpacks will be handed out on Saturday afternoon at John Adams Elementary School (5651 Rayburn Avenue).

Alexandria law firm Blaszkow Legal, PLLC, is sponsoring the giveaway, which includes other school items and will be held from noon to 2 p.m.

“The driving force behind this project was a desire to help the local community at a time when many may truly need it,” said Blaszkow Legal CEO Joseph Blaszkow. “Many families are still recovering from the pandemic. We are striving to help take the edge off, so they can get the new school year off to a great start.”

Earlier this year, Blaszkow Legal was presented with Volunteer Alexandria’s Business of the Year award.

There were a number of backpack and supplies giveaways last month, and Shiloh Baptist Church’s upcoming back-to-school giveaway on Saturday has reached capacity. That event includes free boys haircuts, food and school supplies.

The first day of school for Alexandria City Public Schools is August 21.

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