BANGOR — As part of Wireless Zone’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, Wireless Zone of Bangor located at 570 Stillwater Avenue will be donating backpacks filled with school supplies including pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders and glue from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. Each family can receive one backpack per child, but children are not required to be present to receive the backpack due to current space limitations. The backpacks will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last at the location.

“The 2020/2021 school year was certainly a challenging one for families,” said Dave Staszewski, executive vice president of Wireless Zone. “At Wireless Zone, giving back to the local communities is in our DNA, but it’s taken on new meaning this past year. We’re proud to help take care of families in the communities we serve.”

The Wireless Zone team will adhere to local and CDC guidelines to provide a safe environment for event attendees and store employees.

According to the National Retail Federation, American families with school-aged children spent an average of $789.49 on school supplies in 2020 — totaling $33.9 billion spent in America last year on school supplies alone. This year’s event marks more than 1.2 million total backpacks donated since the campaign launched in 2013. The School Rocks Backpack Giveaway event ensures children across the U.S. are well prepared for the start of the new school year, whether it’s virtual or in-person.

For a list of participating stores, visit wirelesszone.com/backpack-giveaway. 

Supporters of the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway are encouraged to use hashtags #SchoolRocks, #BetterTogether and #BackpackGiveaway on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.

Founded in 1988 as “The Car Phone Store”, the Wireless Zone system has become the nation’s largest wireless retail franchisor, was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine and #118 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 in 2021. Each of the over 400 stores are independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. The Wireless Zone® system has been honored with Verizon’s “Best Customer Service” award for five consecutive years and is franchised and operated by Wireless Zone LLC. For more information, visit www.wirelesszone.com.