UPDATE: Mon, July 30
Thank you to everyone in Central Florida who helped make WFTV 9 Family Connection's Hope Now Back 2 School Bash 2018 a success!
Thanks to the community, we helped thousands of local students get ready for the new school year.
During Sunday's event at the Amway Center, WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Fun Spot America and Stanley Steemer helped give away 9,800 backpacks, 750 dental screenings, 450 haircuts and 450 vision screenings. More than 25,000 were in attendance.
Thank you for setting up local kids for a successful school year. Stay with WFTV.com and 9 Family Connection for information about next year's event!
Original Story: Fri, July 27
Join WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Fun Spot America and Stanley Steemer for the 2018 Back To School Bash. 9 Family Connection is the exclusive television partner for this event. Join us SUNDAY, July 29th from 10am-2pm at the Amway Center.
Children are heading back to school in August and the reality is that many won't have the tools they need.
You can sponsor a student for just $20! Click here to http://www.hopenowinternational.org/donate.cfm
You can also register to volunteer here: http://www.hopenowinternational.org/volunteers.cfm
More than 10,000 Central Florida students showed up last year at the Camping World Stadium, where they received backpacks, haircuts, health screenings and more....at no charge.
If not for the effort by Hope Now Foundation, thousands of Central Florida children would go back to school without the basics to get started, often pushing the burden onto teachers.
"Teachers can spend at least $900 out of their own pockets to go ahead and take care of their children," said Michael Radka of Hope Now International.
The 2018 event is not just about backpacks; there's fun, face painting and performances. There will also be free dental, vision and hearing screenings, as well as free haircuts.
"I think it's awesome what they're doing for the kids, giving to the community," said one parent.
Anyone who wants to help can make a donation online here and Hope Now Foundation will take care of the rest.
The event is crucial in our community so we need the community's support to make sure students have the tools they need to start off a successful school year.
Click HERE to view photos from the 2017 Back 2 School Bash!
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