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Just in time for school supply shopping season, both Cellular Connection locations in Sedalia will be giving away backpacks full of school supplies this weekend to local students who may not be able to afford them.

The School Rocks Backpack Giveaway is part of The Cellular Connection’s Culture of Good community outreach program, and Sedalia customers have had the opportunity to donate to the cause — since March TCC customers have had the option to round up their purchase total to the nearest dollar, with the extra change going toward purchasing backpacks.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community that helps us thrive, and it’s important to us to support our schools,” said Sylvia Kubli, manager of the Broadway Boulevard location.

Between the two locations, Kubli said there will be about 600 backpacks available for local students. No purchase is necessary to receive a backpack — families simply just need to stop by one of the TCC locations. Each backpack is filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and other school supplies, and there are a wide variety of colors for kids to choose from.

“It’s our favorite day of the year,” Kubli said. “It’s great, we love it. We love seeing the happy kids and knowing we’ve helped out parents, especially those with multiple kids.”

Last year, nationwide, TCC distributed 60,000 backpacks. The goal this year is to give away 100,000. While Kubli and her staff would prefer to hand out backpacks to kids in person at their stores, any extra backpacks in Sedalia will be distributed to local schools.

“We believe a solid education is really important,” Kubli said. “We’re giving them the tools and the resources. The basics are important and we believe in giving back to our community and helping families with school costs by giving their kids a high quality backpack and supplies they can use all year.”

Cellular Connection, with locations at 1800 W. Broadway Blvd. and 766 Winchester Dr., will have backpacks available from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. For more information call 826-6889 or 826-6668 or visit ecellularconnection.com.

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