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Cell phone provider offering students free backpacks

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm

A St. Cloud cell phone provider wants to show students that school rocks through a backpack giveaway campaign.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, participating TCC stores are inviting local families to bring their children to the store to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.

The participating TCC store in St. Cloud is located at 4879 E. U.S Highway 192. Each TCC store is donating 220 backpacks, and backpacks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Round Room, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announced that its TCC and Wireless Zone stores are donating 172,000 backpacks full of school supplies to ensure children across the U.S. are well prepared for the start of the school year. Since 2013, TCC has donated more than 505,000 backpacks filled with supplies through its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, and Wireless Zone is now a part of the nationwide initiative.

“This is our fifth TCC School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, and we are ecstatic to bring Wireless Zone on board to assist in supporting the education of young children in our communities,” said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC and Wireless Zone. “We are proud to help our local families prepare for the upcoming school year by taking some of the financial burden off their shoulders.”

Nearly 1,000 participating TCC and Wireless Zone stores across the U.S. are inviting local families and their children to visit select locations on Sunday.

For a list of participating TCC stores, visit www.tccrocks.com/locations.

All leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.

In 2016, the National Retail Federation predicted the average person with children in grades K-12 would spend $107.76 on school supplies, which has increased from last year’s prediction of $97.74. With nearly 20 percent of children in the U.S. living in poverty, TCC is working to alleviate the rising costs of school supplies through this annual program.

According to a company press release, TCC continues to make ongoing investments through its Culture of Good movement. Earlier this year, TCC donated supply packs to more than 5,610 teachers across the U.S. and 3,000 care kits to senior living communities. In 2016, the company’s efforts included donating 135,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children, contributing $100,000 for materials used to improve the environment, and pledging $250,000 to Make-A-Wish, enabling the organization to grant 25 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions across the country.

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

To learn more about TCC, visit www.TCCRocks.com. Customers can also connect with the company at www.facebook.com/tcctalk  and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.


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