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On July 13th, 2021 the Washington State National Guard announced that the following organizations have teams up to provide free school supplies for children, the Elks USA, Operation Homefront and Joint Services Support.

Together these three organizations invite active duty and retired military families to their annual 2021 Back to School Resource Fair! This event is for children attending Kindergarten through 12th Grade in Washington State. Their efforts are in support of the following military instillations in Washington including:

Affected Washington State military installations include:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the event will be a drive-thru event, that will allow registered attendees to simply drive their vehicles up to a designated location where they will pull up, sign in, and one of their many volunteers will be placing backpack(s) full of school supplies into the trunk of your vehicle! Each of the six Washington state locations require pre-registration to confirm eligibility.

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To receive your supplies sign up in advance (see links and registration requirements by location below) to attend if you have not received school supplies from another organization for the coming school year.

National Guard and Reservists have priority, Veterans may register on a space available basis after meeting with a Family Assistance Specialist. Only children registered in DEERS qualify for this event.

Please include your child’s grade level they will be in for the 2021-2022 school year upon registering to speed up the check-in process.

Event locations, Dates, Times and how to Register:

Camp Murray: Register Here (closest location to JBLM)
Backpack Event: 18 August 2021. 11:00-17:00.
Open to: Children of the National Guard/Reserve/Retired Military & Veterans located near Camp Murray. POC: Wafamilyprogramevents@gmail.com

Spokane: Register Here
You must have an account in this system in order to register for the event. If you do not yet have an account, please go to Operation Homefront to begin the registration process.

Vancouver:
POC: vanc.familyprogramsevents@yahoo.com
Free school supplies for dependent Children of the National Guard/Reserve/Retired Military and Veterans.

Marysville:
Event Date August 15, 2021 Note: Registration Required POC: marysvillengfp@gmail.com
Free school supplies for dependent Children of the National Guard/Reserve/Retired Military and Veterans.

Kent:
13 and 14 August 2021
Note: Registration Required
POC: kent.familyprogramsevents@gmail.com
Free school supplies for dependent Children of the National Guard/Reserve/Retired Military and Veterans.

Yakima:
Event Date August 8, 2021
POC: michael.w.berndt.civ@mail.mil
Free School Supplies for dependent Children of National Guard/Reserve/Retired Military/Veterans if you live in the following counties: Yakima, Kittitas, and Klickitat. We will be doing things a little different this year with prepackaged bags for each child, provided during the unit family day and resource event.

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