BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN READY TO SERVE — The City of DeLand team is ready to help hundreds of children load up on school supplies Aug. 7 2021 at the DeLand Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway in Earl Brown Park. Mayor Bob Apgar, who is now quarantined at home with COVID-19, is at center. With him, from left, are City Commissioner Jessica Davis, newly appointed Public Works Director Ray Underwood and City Commissioners Kevin Reid and Chris Cloudman.

With the new school year less than two weeks away, the City of DeLand, Spring Hill Neighborhood Association and several community partners will help get families prepared for the return to the classroom.

The 12th Annual Mayor’s Backpack Giveaway & Community Health Initiative is scheduled to take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6, at the amphitheatre in Earl Brown Park, 815 South Alabama Avenue.

Backpacks will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Once in line, families will be given tickets to ensure they receive a backpack.

Vendors will be located in the park to provide school supplies for the upcoming school year.

The health fair will include child immunizations (Grades K-7) provided by the Florida Department of Health. Rising Against All Odds will also be providing HIV testing. Blood pressure screening, glucose and cholesterol screening will also be provided as part of the health fair.

The DeLand Police Athletic League (PAL) will be on site providing a limited amount of Nike shoes, which will also be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Also available will be snow cones, popcorn and drinks.

For more information, contact the Dr. Joyce M. Cusack Resource Center at 386-740-0808 or


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