In a normal summer leading up to the start of a new school year, First Baptist Church (FBC) - Rockport and the Children’s Coalition of Aransas County’s (CCAC) Backpacks and Bluejeans is a fun, joyous event where children pick out their favorite school gear and supplies for the upcoming school year. However, in the wake of COVID-19, this year’s Backpacks and Bluejeans was forced to take a different approach Saturday, Aug. 8.
The event was operated just outside the front doors of FBC. Children left their parents vehicles one family at a time, picked out their new backpack, received goodie bags, and sent on their way for the next family in line to do the same. Students were also required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands before picking out their backpack.
Goodie bags contained information about community resources, gift cards, vouchers for items such as socks and underwear, and masks with lanyards.
Though the event was contact-free, Backpacks and Bluejeans still assisted near the same amount of students as it had in previous years, serving 118 Aransas County Independent School District students.
Additionally, the CCAC will host a clothing giveaway at their main office Saturday, Aug. 15.