New Backpacks for New School Year
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New Backpacks for New School Year

Event designed to collect new, supply-filled backpacks for students in need.

Yahav Lachovizer of Bethesda coordinates Interfaith Works’ backpack program for children in need.

Yahav Lachovizer of Bethesda coordinates Interfaith Works’ backpack program for children in need. Photo courtesy of Interfaith Works

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Backpacks for Schoolkids Ice Cream Social

Saturday, Aug. 19

Car show at 11 a.m.

Ice Cream Sundaes 1 p.m.

Prizes awarded 2 p.m.

12505 Park Potomac Ave. on the plaza, Potomac

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“Coming from a low-income family myself, I know how it feels to not to have anything. School supplies are the one thing the children look forward to every year.” — Yahav Lachovizer

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Montgomery County students get new backpacks filled with school supplies before the start of the academic year.

Each summer since he was 12, 18-year-old Yahav Lachovizer of Bethesda has worked to make sure that more than 2,500 Montgomery County children have new backpacks filled with supplies when they start a new school year. He began as a volunteer with social services organization Interfaith Works, and now, he is the group’s school supply operator.

“Giving out backpacks every year is something I always look forward to,” he said. “Seeing all the kids' smiles after receiving the backpacks is the most joyful thing to witness. This is when all the hours of hard work pays off.”

This Saturday, Aug. 19, Lachovizer is helping to coordinate an ice cream social in Potomac Park to benefit Interfaith Works Backpacks for Schoolkids Program. The family event is set to begin at 11 a.m. and will include a car show, face painting, balloon art and, of course, ice cream.

Attendees are asked to bring a new backpack filled with school supplies. Those who donate a backpack will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

“Coming from a low-income family myself, I know how it feels to not to have anything,” said Lachovizer. “School supplies are the one thing the children look forward to every year. I am willing to work hard and break a sweat just so I can be able to see those nice, bright, satisfying smiles.”

Tickets for sundaes can be purchased in advance for $5 per person at the front desk of the Park Potomac high-rise residences, 12250 Park Potomac Place, or on the day of the event for $10 per person.

For more information or to donate, visit: http://www.iworksmc.org/2017schoolsupplies/