2,000 backpacks given away during PCSD back-to-school event - Tucson News Now

2,000 backpacks given away during PCSD back-to-school event

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Young students in Tucson will go back to school with some new, free gear.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department and Tucson Electric Power handed out 2,000 backpacks on Saturday morning, July 29, as part of the Badges and Backpacks event.

Inside those backpacks, given to K-12 students, was a plethora of school supplies. Students simply had to wait in line and each of them were given a ticket redeemable for a backpack.

Everything was free, including access to several resource booths at the Tucson Convention Center. Organizers said it allowed families to check a few errands off the list, before school starts.

"Having it all in one location just makes it so convenient and so easy for the families. They spend a couple hours on one morning and they're ready to go," said Katie Ferencik, a program director with TEP.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department also had several deputies volunteering to show off some of their equipment and crime-fighting resources for the students in attendance.

"When you see a lot of the worst case scenarios in people's lives that you have to deal with, and once in a while you get to do something positive, it's rewarding and it kind of reminds you as to why you do the job," Pima County Sheriff's Dep. Cody Gress said.

Deputies tell us the backpacks and school supplies were all donated, or paid for by donations, except for a pencil and eraser in each backpack, which were paid for by the sheriff's department.

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