TD Garden to Host Largest Back-to-School Celebration in Boston

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More than 4,000 Backpacks Filled with School Supplies and 20,000 New Books Distributed to Boston Students

New Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang To Lead First Ever Back-To-School ‘Stack-A-Pack Challenge’ with Students

WHO: Charlie Jacobs – CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings
Amy Latimer – President, TD Garden
Major Gregory Hartshorn – General Secretary, The Salvation Army of Massachusetts
Dr. Tommy Chang – Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Coach Willie Maye – Event Emcee, Boston Celtics in-game announcer & former sportscaster

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 18 at 1:00 – 7:00 PM
1:30 PM: Media Availability & Stack-A-Pack Challenge

WHERE:  TD Garden Arena Floor – 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

WHAT: TD Garden’s philanthropic arm, Garden Neighborhood Charities is teaming up with The Salvation Army and the City of Boston for the fourth consecutive year to host the school season ‘home opener’ for over 4,000 Boston area students in-need. Each student who has pre-registered through The Salvation Army will receive a backpack filled with all the supplies needed for a successful school year.

Garden Neighborhood Charities and The Salvation Army are thrilled to provide a platform for the new Boston Public Schools superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang to welcome students into a new academic year with the Back-To-School Celebration and Stack-A-Pack Challenge. The Stack-A-Pack Challenges will require the students and the city and community leaders to work together to stack as many of the 4,000 stuffed backpacks from the school bus onto the arena floor in one minute. The challenge not only encourages team work, positive reinforcement and physical activity, but also allows students to interact with school educators and community leaders.

This high-impact community initiative has inspired local organizations to bring some new components to this year’s Back-To-School Celebration. TD Bank, in partnership with non-profit First Book, will donate 20,000 new, high-quality books to help educators and students start the school year strong. TD Bank is also providing 4,000 recyclable bags for students to collect giveaways and educational materials. Additionally, Boston Public Schools has provided a school bus to be parked on TD Garden’s arena floor and arranged for transportation safety professional to give bus safety lessons to all students and their families. A special thank you to additional sponsors and consistent supporters: Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Celtics, Cengage Learning, Costa Fruit and Produce, Delaware North Sportservice, Peter Condakes Company, Reebok, Sal’s Pizza and Vistar.

WHY:    This initiative was created four years ago based on studies that showed that children who do not have school supplies at the beginning of the academic year often skip the first several important weeks of class because they are embarrassed and believe that they don’t fit in with their peers. To curb this trend, Garden Neighborhood Charities, the philanthropic arm of TD Garden, created this annual event and has donated more than $100,000 toward backpacks, supplies and other support for students and their families.

Families MUST be pre-registered to attend this event. Please visit http://www.SalvationArmyMA.org/BackToSchool for details.

Educators MUST be signed-up with First Book to receive books for their students through this event. Please visit http://www.firstbook.org/tdbank for details.

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Courtney Mercier
Public Relations & Community Relations Specialist
Office: 617.624.1853 | Cell: 617.571.8680
100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
Follow Us @TDGarden

Public Relations & Community Relations Specialist

Office: 617.624.1853 | Cell: 617.571.8680

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

Follow Us @TDGarden

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