Thousands of Marion County students to receive free backpacks ahead of new school year

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Thousands of students in Marion County are set to receive free backpacks filled with supplies just in time for school to start this fall.


The first-ever community giveback is a joint effort between AdventHealth Ocala, the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County and Marion County Public Schools. It is being supported by Thaddeus Bullard, better known as WWE global ambassador Titus O’Neil, and his Bullard Family Foundation.

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The giveaway takes place July 30, when more than 6,000 backpacks will be distributed at AdventHealth Ocala Auxiliary Center, 1542 SW 1st Ave. in Ocala, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Satellite locations are open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at:

· Belleview High School (10400 SE 36 Ave., Belleview)

· Dunnellon Middle School (21005 Chestnut St., Dunnellon)

· Fort McCoy School (16160 NE County Road 315, Fort McCoy)

· Lake Weir High School (10351 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala)

· Liberty Middle School (4773 SW 95 St., Ocala)

· North Marion High School (151 W. County Road, 329, Citra)

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Click here to register. Students can only be registered for one location.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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