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9 Aug 2019

Back to School and End of Summer Events Around Philly

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August 9, 2019 Category: Local Posted by:

Here are some of the many events taking place throughout the city marking the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a brand new school year; Philadelphia public schools reopen September 3:

8/10/19 — GiveBack Workshop: A Mindful You for Back to School

National Liberty Museum

321 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106


(215) 925-2800

Many students could use more than just new pencils and backpacks to get ready to go back to school.  Teaching them how to incorporate the practice of mindfulness into each day is a great way to help with focus, concentration, and managing challenges throughout the school year.

Join mindfulness coach/teacher Stacey Mandel as she shares her tools for calm and peace in this workshop geared towards both students and adults. Everyone’s journey will begin with hearts, chocolate, and stars!


Non-Members: $5 per person

Members: $10 for up to two adults and 1 child. $5 each additional person

8/10/19 — Monumental Baptist Church E3: Community Day

Monumental Baptist Church

4948 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19139

 12pm – 4pm

(215) 747-1414

 The purpose of the E3 Community Day is to reach beyond the four walls of our church building and into the community. The backpack/supplies giveaway is our way to ensure that children in the West Philadelphia area and beyond have the tools needed to start the school year off on the right foot. The E3 Community Day will include financial literacy information for children, housing information, health screenings as well as free food, a 64-foot video game truck, moon bounces, face painting, and more! New this year — a table of new/gently-worn school uniforms for attendees who might need them.

The Community Day is a part of our annual E3 Weekend, which is held to empower, educate and elevate our youth to be the best they can be throughout the school year and beyond. Our E3 Weekend concludes with our Back2School Sunday, which will include a group prayer for all students, teachers and administrators on Sunday, August 11 @ 10:15AM.

8/17/19 — Topchoice Homecare Community Summer Ending Bash

Topchoice Homecare

8725 Frankford Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19136


(215) 792-6884

Free book bags, free haircuts by Philly’s hottest barbers,food, shows, special guest appearances and more. This year will be as huge as last year;come and join us!

8/17/19 — Concord School House and Upper Burial Ground 10th Annual Backpack Giveaway

Concord School House and Upper Burial Ground

6309 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144


(215) 844-1683

Free school supplies will be given to 250 children, first come, first served! Children must be present to receive a backpack. School supplies for K-6, middle school, and high school students will be available. Free water ice from the Trolley Car Diner will be distributed, and free tours of the  historic 1775 school house will be given.

The event is sponsored by the 6300 Germantown Avenue Business Alliance and the Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground of Germantown. It is supported by Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, the Neil Kugelman Team, Trolley Car Diner, Staples Chestnut Hill, New Covenant Church, Historic Germantown, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

8/17/19 — Fifth Annual Philly Unite Community Celebration and Backpack Giveaway

Olney Recreation Center

6001 A Street

Philadelphia, PA


(484) 442-0083

Philly Unite is a community service, support and informational field day. Our primary focus is unity — people united to promote peace, diversity, non-violence and healthy and drug free living. Guest speakers — along with a diverse group of bands, dancers and musicians — will be performing for the cause. We will have contests, activities and book bag giveaways. This multi-cultural event is free to the public.

8/17 — Pleasant Advisory Council -Go Mt. Airy Back to School Drive and Community Fair

Lovett Memorial Park

6945 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19119

(Rain Location: Pleasant Playground, 6757 Chew Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119)


[email protected]

(267) 940-7256 (Cherese)

We Heard You has partnered with Go Mt. Airy & Pleasant Playground Advisory Council for their annual back to school drive and community fair on August 17, 10-2pm.

Last year, 310 supplies filled book-bags were provided to the youth in the community. In addition to the book bags, there were various resources and vendors present who provided information and resources for the families who dropped by.


This year there will be giveaways, food trucks, live entertainment, music by DJ Sole Brother, face painting, and more!

With the continued support from the community, sponsors, donors, and volunteers the goal is to provide 500 book-bags collectively this year. Will you support us? To find out how you can get involved further to donate, volunteer, vend, or provide a resource, contact Cherese at [email protected]

Monetary donations:

Cashapp: $WeHeardYou

PayPal: [email protected]

8/17/19 — Bookz & Bagz Back 2 School Party

Cliveden Carriage House

98 E. Cliveden Street

Philadelphia, PA 19119


[email protected]

We’re back! Mirrors on Da Wall and OGW Publishing has teamed up yet again to bring back the Bookz N Bagz 2nd Annual Back 2 School Party. Join us for book bag giveaways for students from Grade K through 7th grade. 

Light refreshments, giveaways, children and author reading corner, games, entertainment and much more will be available. This is a celebration kick off to help our children start the school year right and with the needed supplies to have a successful school year!

For book bag or supplies donation, to volunteer or for more information, please email [email protected].

8/17/19 — Senator Art Haywood’s Back to School 


1100 E. Chelten Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144

(215) 242-8171 (Sen. Haywood’s office)

(267) 223-9012 ( Regular Fellows Foundation office)


This celebration will feature bookbag, school supplies and book giveaway(while supplies last), a state police helicopter, health screenings, community resources,pony rides, food and much more!

The event is also being supported by Rep. Chris Rabb, Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Rosita Youngblood, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and the Regular Fellows Foundation.

8/17 — Conquerors Community Development Corporation Back to School Block Party

Victory Christian Center

5220 Whitby Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19143


(215) 474-2717

This celebration will feature fun activities for both parents and children including free food, dance performers, health vendors, chair yoga, moon bounce, face painting, games, contests, and of course, the Book Bag and School Supply Give-Away! Parents and children must register to attend.   

8/19-8/22 – Undisputed MMA, LLC Free Anti-Bullying Seminar

6501 Ogontz Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19126

(267) 623-6444

We are hosting a FREE anti bullying seminar in which we will talk about bully prevention and demonstrate/teach children basic defense moves.

According to the National Center for Education 1 out of every 5 students reported being bullied nationwide, while a staggering percent went unreported. Last year in Philadelphia 213 teens were shot, 27 killed. Majority of these killings were attributed to ongoing feuds between youth in and out of school. The lasting effect of social and physical bullying has left our youth suffering from social anxiety, depression and health issues to name a few. With this school year quickly approaching we need to combat some of these fears and behaviors with positive reinforcements. 

Undisputed MMA,LLC, a family owned and operated business, has serviced the West Oak Lane area for the past 3 years.

During the seminar, we will talk to youth about bullying prevention and the steps they should take if they are being bullied.

We also will talk about basic self defense moves to help boost their confidence and give them a way to defend themselves, if need be.

To maintain our safe and bully free zone, the seminar will be divided into two age groups. Children ages 5-11 will attend the morning seminars and children ages 12-18 will attend afternoon seminars. Registration via EventBrite. One ticket per child for 1 session ONLY. Space is limited and we want to service as many children as possible.

8/22/19 — School District of Philadelphia’s Annual Back 2 School Event

School of the Future

4021 Parkside Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104


(215) 400-4180, Option #5

The School District of Philadelphia’s Back 2 School Event is designed to help Philadelphia area students and their families as they prepare to return to school. With the help of many great partners and sponsors, backpacks, school supplies, health screenings, and social service resources are provided to thousands of students, free of charge!

Join us for a day of over 100 vendors, live entertainment, free cuts and curls,on-site kindergarten registration, and backpack giveaways (while supplies last).

8/24 — CityReach Church and Councilman Bobby 

Henon Back to School Block Party

6700-6800 Torresdale Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19135


[email protected]


Join us as we welcome the new school year with CityReach Church and Councilman Bobby Henon’s second annual Back to School Block Party! We will be giving away 1,000+ free backpacks, food, and offering live entertainment and family friendly activities. The event begins at 11am; backpack distribution will begin at 1pm inside of CityReach Church, located at 6814 Torresdale Avenue. Event sponsors include: Councilman Bobby Henon, Tacony CDC, Tacony Free Library of Philadelphia, KLOVE, Turning Points for Children, Indochinese American Council, True Vine Church, The Block Church, Humille and GOALS Martial Arts. If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Brianna Torres, our community relations coordinator, at: [email protected] 

9/8 — Philly Vegan Pop Flea- Back to School Market

Tattooed Mom

530 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147


While summer comes to a close, let’s squeak out a bit more fun as we get ready to go “Back to School” before the leaves start to turn! Vendors TBA. Free admission, all are welcome. Complimentary tote bags for the first 50 attendees! Interested in vending? Vendor application is available at .

8/25 — Back 2 School Paint and Jam

ARTrageous Brush & Flow

6345 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144


(267) 592-7116

As the new school year approaches, we always get excited to kickstart the season with a little art! Drop the kids off, come paint with them, or have them paint solo. The kid DJ Jarrell will be mixing tunes for the entire event. There will also be a special appearance from the ARTrageous mascot, Brushy! There will be giveaways, beverages, snacks, and a whole lot of ARTrageous fun, so come get some! There is a $22.00 fee.

8/25/19 — 2019 BACK 2 SCHOOL~CUTS & CURLS

Canaan Baptist Church

5430 Pulaski Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144


(215) 848-6311 (Canaan Baptist Church)

[email protected]

(856) 354-8000 (Tangibles Beautique)


All are invited to our 5th Annual Back to School Cuts & Curls Event for school aged girls & boys. Tangibles Salon and  Canaan Baptist Church are excited to host another year!

Cuts, Styling and Very Light Braiding will be available; hair must be clean and shampooed!

Free to all school aged kids and teens. Refreshments and, of course, school supplies to all participating kids!

Being prepared  is the key to success! Along with the school supplies and book bags, looking great is essential, too. It boosts self-esteem and makes you feel better about yourself,which is also a major part to having a successful start of the school year.

I’m also reaching out to local BARBERS and STYLISTS to show up, bring your skills, time and talent to help us get these kids looking great for their first day of school!

8/31/19 — Philadelphia Police Dept. 14th District Advisory Council Back to School Giveaway

14th Police District

43 W. Haines Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144


(215) 685-2148 (Ask for P/O Smith to make donations or to be a sponsor)

We are excited to offer support to the families and young people in our community as they prepare for another school year. 

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