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In preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, Hamilton County Schools will host its annual Back to School Bash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the First Horizon Pavilion.

According to a news release, the event will be a safe, no-contact drive-thru, where participating families will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. The event is made possible through "the generous partnership of the Nehemiah Project, BlueCare Tennessee, State Farm, and United Way," the release states.

Event volunteers participating in the drive-thru will wear masks and limit contact with those driving in to get backpacks.

Radio station Power 94 with Brewer Media will broadcast live from the drive-thru, providing updates throughout the event.

To help continue to support the needs of students for the upcoming school year, the district's community partners have worked together to host school supply drives at Hamilton Place mall, Northgate Mall and Staples at Hamilton Place.

Supplies can be donated at those locations during store hours, and collection will continue through the first week of August.

For more information about the event and other First Day Ready resources for school, visit www.hcde.org/firstdayready.

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