This Weekend: The 6300 Germantown Business Alliance and the Historic Concord School House to hold Fifth Annual Back-to-School Giveaway

Who: 6300 Germantown Business Alliance, & the Historic Concord School House

What: The 6300 Germantown Business Alliance and the Historic Concord School House will hold a Back-to-School giveaway for school supplies for the first 300 students, accompanied by their parents/guardians, who come to the School House.

When: Saturday August 23rd from 10am until 2pm, or when the backpacks are gone. In past years there is a long line before opening, and we run completely out of backpacks by noon.

Where: The Concord Schoolhouse, 6309 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Background: This is the fifth year that the 6300 Germantown Business Alliance and the Historic Concord School House will give away school supplies to local children. This year’s event continues to garner more community support than in the past years. In the past the event was completely funded by the 6300 Germantown Business Alliance, the Concord School House, and individual business owners on that block. There has been such a strong response and desire

for more supplies that this year businesses from the greater area were approached to Co-Sponsor the event, and they have been very supportive. Up from just 50 back packs in year one, this year we are gathering enough supplies for 300.

2014 Co-sponsors currently include: Elfant-Wissahickon Realtors/The Neil Kugelman Team, Trolley Car Diner, and Historic Germantown. More sponsors are actively being sought.

With the combination of such wide support, 300 local children will be supplied with backpacks loaded with pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, notebooks, crayons, folders, and calculators. Children wishing to receive a backpack must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children must be present to receive a backpack. Please note, all supplies will be given on a first come, first serve basis, and we hope that we will give away all 300 backpacks well before 12 pm. Also the Concord School House will be open for tours.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ office has always been very supportive of this event. Chief of Staff Rosa Woods and other staff members have helped assemble the backpacks on Friday evening before the event for years. On the Saturday additional staff give many volunteer hours towards directing the crowds of families to the supplies and tours of the school house.

Those interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation, or volunteering should contact Concord School House Treasurer Michael Schweisheimer by email at