2020 Back To School Events In Hampton Roads! (Updated)

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Back to School Events in Hampton Roads Virginia
Everyone is gearing up for the 2020-2021 school year in Hampton Roads (regardless of how different it may look like)! Here are some upcoming events to celebrate going back to school (some are also making free school supplies available to students!). To add an event to this FREE listing CLICK HERE!

Location: Fade-2-LOC Barbershop 611 40th Street, Newport News VA
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 12-5pm
Description: Free haircuts, pens, paper, folders, binders, highlighters, crayons, markers, glue, tape, notebooks, erasers, rulers, sharpies, composition notebooks, scissors, etc.
4th Annual Early Reading Program (Multiple Locations)
Description: Free Books, Free School Supplies, Free Ice Cream, Free Survival Kits 

  • Date: August 31, 2020 at 11am
  • Location: Young's Terrace (Norfolk)
  • Date: August 31, 2020 at 1pm
  • Location: Oakleaf Forrest (Norfolk)
  • Date: September 4, 2020 at 11am
  • Location: Atlantis Apartments (Virginia Beach) 
Back to School Bash (Virginia Beach)
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 11am-2pm
Location: Pembroke Mall Official Site 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Description: Join the Virginia Army National Guard, Coastal Edge, Pembroke Mall and the Southern Auto Group for a Back to School Bash from 11 to 2 outside of Coastal Edge at Pembroke Mall. There will be school supplies given away, opportunities to see military vehicles that will be on display, as well as other activities. 

Locations: Hampton: Parking Lot D
Harbour View, Greenbrier, and York River: Campus Parking Lots
Smithfield: Smithfield Middle School Parking Lot
September 9, 2020 from 6-8pm

Description: Drive through to wave at familiar faces and pick up your “Back to School Jam” kit! We’ll give you everything you need to celebrate the new school year with a super fun, online, INTERACTIVE experience for the whole family to enjoy together!


Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 12-3pm.
Location: Full Gospel Kingdom Church PHEC 215 32nd Street Newport News, VA
Description: See link
Previous Events

Backpack Giveaway (Hampton)
Dates: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 2-6pm and Friday, August 14, 2020 from 10am-2pm
Location: Bacon Street Youth and Family Services 329 Buckroe Avenue Hampton, VA 23664
Description: Know a family who could use some extra support getting ready for school? Encourage them to stop by our Hampton office on August 12th or 14th for our backpack giveaway! Backpacks stuffed with school supplies are first-come, first-served for low- to moderate-income families with children attending schools in Hampton Roads. Light refreshments will be served. Please, wear a mask. (Masks are available if you don't have one.) While you're here, learn more about Bacon Street and the Journey Home Project!

Backpack Giveaway (Virginia Beach)
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 3:30-5:30pm while supplies last. Register Here.
Location: Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center 828 Healthy Way Suite 105 Virginia Beach, VA
Description: Mark your calendars! The Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center will be giving away FREE backpacks filled with school supplies on August 12th! The Backpack Giveaway will take place on August 12th from 3:30-5:30 pm in the parking lot of the Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. No purchase is necessary, and there is a limit of one free backpack with school supplies per child while supplies last.

4TH Annual Back2School BookBag & We Care Food Box Giveaway (Chesapeake) 
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 9:30-11am 
Location: NewGWC 3025 S Military Hwy, Chesapeake, VA 23323 
Description: NewGWC is giving away 100 free bookbags w/back to school supplies, 100 non-perishable food boxes, and other non-essential items at the drive thru and walk-up distribution on August 22nd. First come, first served. One bag per child. Child must be present. Please wear mask. No mask, no service. 

Back to School Drive-Thru Giveaway (Chesapeake)
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 9am-12pm
Location: Mr. Rogers Windows 1019 Eden Way N, Chesapeake, VA 23320  
Description: The pandemic may prevent or delay schools from opening for the upcoming school year, however, we must continue to educate the youth. In light of our current social distancing safety protocols, The Bennett Center has organized its yearly backpack giveaway as a drive-thru pick up this year. This will ensure the safety of the community and volunteers. *Child must be present. *One backpack per child. *While supplies last. *Free event. *Open to the public. We are asking for monetary donations for this event only. We are minimizing exposure to the COVID virus by purchasing supplies from a central vendor. Participants must stay in their vehicle at all times. By participating in this event you acknowledge the possible exposure to COVID-19. You agree NOT to hold The Bennett Center, Mr. Rogers Windows, or participating vendors liable for any potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  

Back to School Drive-Thru (Hampton)
Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 10am-12pm 
YH Thomas Community Center 1300 Thomas Street, Hampton VA 
Free Backpacks, School Supplies, Masks, Food Distribution, Register to Vote

FreedomFest 2020 (Virginia Beach)
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 11am-2pm
Location: 3133 Magic Hollow, Virginia Beach 23453. 
Description: A Community Outreach in partnership with Operation Blessing! Make room for the fridge and the freezer because we are giving away lots and lots of food. There will be school supplies for the students going back to school! Bring the entire family and let us celebrate together! For more information, Text FREEDOM to (757) 505-7877. 

Back 2 School BookBag Drive (Virginia Beach)
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 2-5pm
Location: Christian Way Ministries, 549 Newtown Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Description: Join us for our annual Back-2-School Drive where we are partnering up with Redeemer Presbyterian Church to give away 400 Book-Bags with supplies for free to children in need at 549 Newtown Road, Virginia Beach! First come, first serve! Come get your child a book-bag on Saturday, August 22nd from 2-5pm while supplies last! We ask that you please wear your mask upon receiving your child’s book bag!

Your Life Matters- Back to School Rally (Portsmouth) 
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020 from 3-6pm 
Location: 5910 West Norfolk Road Portsmouth, VA 23703  
Description: Your Life Matters- Back to School Rally will supply local children with the supplies they need to return to school in the fall. 

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 4pm
Location: Portsmouth City Park 140 City Park Ave, Portsmouth, VA 23701
Description: BarCodellc™️ will be popping the trunk ‼️ Come Shop & Bring the Kids  BarCode Products will be available for purchase! Kids Snacks & School Supplies are FREE ‼️ Pencils Paper Headphones NoteBooks AND MORE .....  
Date: Friday, August 28, 2020 from 5-7pm
Location: City Life Newport News 311 Selden Rd, Newport News, VA 23606
Description: It's time to celebrate back to school with this quick and easy drive-thru experience that lets us bless you and your family with a bag of school supplies and FREE Pelican's Snowballs! And, don't worry - we didn't forget about your infants and toddlers... We have something for them, too! Pre-registration required for all attending.
The Write Stuff Drive-Thru Backpack Distribution (Norfolk) 
Dates: August 28 & 29, 2020. Friday 4-7pm. Saturday 9am-12pm 
Location: KROC Center in Norfolk VA
Description: For over twenty years, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has been working to ensure that Hampton Roads children start the new school year with the “Write Stuff”. We will host our 2020 Write Stuff school supply distribution on Friday August 28th from 4PM to 7PM and Saturday August 29th from 9AM to 12PM at the Kroc Center in Norfolk. Backpacks with school supplies are for children in grades Kindergarten through 12th who are living in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and parts of Chesapeake* and whose households are actively suffering from financial hardship or crisis. Households living in Portsmouth and Chesapeake zip codes 23321/23323 need to contact our Portsmouth office for assistance in those areas. /? 
Rouse's House: Back 2 School Drive-Thru (Virginia Beach)
Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 9am-12pm
Location: Redwing Park, Virginia Beach 
Description: We understand the pandemic has created some adversity and obstacles when it comes to learning but nonetheless the educating of our youth and supporting our educators must continue (in a safe manner, that is). DRIVE-THRU SUPPLY GIVEAWAY! This event is open to the whole community, K-12th grade and educators. Pre-Registration is not required but encouraged. You will not need to exit your vehicles. I look forward to seeing you all. 

IMPACT 2020 - Drive-Thru Backpacks
 (Newport News) 

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 10am-2pm 
Location: South Morrison Family Education Center 746 Adams Drive Newport News, VA 23601 
Description: Families in Newport News are invited to attend IMPACT 2020, the annual back to school event, August 29th from 10am. to 2pm. It is a free event for students K-12 and their families to assist with getting essential items for the upcoming school year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be a drive-thru event. Families must pre-register for the event and select a time slot to arrive. Registered attendees can drive-thru and pick up a free backpack stuffed with school supplies and more. You don't even have to get out of your car! * Masks are required. We care about our families & their safety. Please be sure to wear your mask during the drive-thru. * All adults must have their child(ren) present in the vehicle in order to receive a backpack. *Supplies are limited* 
7th Annual Shell Rd Fest Drive-Thru (Hampton) 
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 11am-5pm 
Location: Boy & Girls Club 1815 Shell Rd, Hampton VA 
Description: School Supplies, Bookbags, Meals2Go while supplies last. No Activities this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 12-2pm
Location: Union Baptist Church-Virginia Beach 4608 South Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Description: If you or anyone you know is in need of school supplies PLEASE come out on Saturday for our drive-thru distribution at from 12-2PM. First come, first served.
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 12-2pm
Location: The Mount Portsmouth 900 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth VA
Description: Free School Supplies
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 12-3pm
Location: 13632 Warwick Blvd, Newport News VA 
Description: Career Day (Free pizza, Free book bags)
Back to School Events in Hampton Roads Virginia

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