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Celebrating 10 Years of Delivering Backpacks to Area Schools

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on August 15, 2019

Since 2009, First National Bank of Pasco has delivered approximately 2,500 stocked backpacks to area schools that are then distributed to students in need as identified by the school administration.

This year, together with the Thomas Promise Foundation, Ryman Construction, Summit Salon Academy, and Dr. Timothy Muscaro, First National Bank of Pasco (FNBP) was able to deliver 400 backpacks to seven area schools; Chester Taylor Elementary, West Zephyrhills Elementary, Lacoochee Elementary, Cox Elementary, Pasco Elementary, Pasco Middle School, and Zephyrhills High School.

“We appreciate what our customers and our community did for the kids. This backpack drive warms my heart every year,” said Tracy Mahon, FNBP Senior Vice President of Branch Operations. “We more than doubled
our original goal this year thanks to the incredible support of our
community, staff, and donors.”

The stocked backpacks were mainly distributed to the elementary schools this year. Pasco Middle School requested 75 empty backpacks as well as supplies, while Zephyrhills High requested only supplies.

FNBP staff purchased what was listed for each school on its back-­‐to-­ school supplies lists and filled the backpacks accordingly. For kindergarten to grade five, those backpacks contained items like paper, crayons, binders, erasers, pencils, and other items on the school list. FNBP was also able to purchase sanitary wipes, paper towels, tissues, and additional requested supplies for each school.

“We will definitely be doing this again next year, and plan on continuing as long as there is a need to fill,” said Mahon.

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