Lonnie Ray’s Academy in Rock Island is holding a backpack give-a-way for families just before the start of school.
It’s happening Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at 815 9th Street in Rock Island.
This comes as families are planning to spend an average of $850 on back to school shopping this year. That’s according to MarketWatch.
It’s up $59 from last year.
The backpacks include school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and pens. They also have hygiene products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, and soap.