GREENVILLE — Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announced that its TCC and Wireless Zone stores are donating 172,000 backpacks full of school supplies to ensure children across the U.S. are well prepared for the start of the school year. Since 2013, TCC has donated more than 505,000 backpacks filled with supplies through its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, and Wireless Zone is now a part of the nationwide initiative.
“This is our fifth TCC School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, and we are ecstatic to bring Wireless Zone on board to assist in supporting the education of young children in our communities,” said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC and Wireless Zone. “We are proud to help our local families prepare for the upcoming school year by taking some of the financial burden off their shoulders.”
Between 1-4 p.m. on July 23, participating TCC stores are inviting local families to bring their children to the store to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.
The local participating TCC store in Greenville is located at 1520 Wagner Ave. Each TCC store is donating 220 backpacks, and backpacks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In 2016, the National Retail Federation predicted the average person with children in grades K-12 would spend $107.76 on school supplies, which has increased from last year’s prediction of $97.74. With nearly 20 percent of children in the U.S. living in poverty, TCC is working to alleviate the rising costs of school supplies through this annual program.
TCC continues to make ongoing investments through its Culture of Good movement. Earlier this year, TCC donated supply packs to more than 5,610 teachers across the U.S. and 3,000 care kits to senior living communities. In 2016, the company’s efforts included donating 135,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children, contributing $100,000 for materials used to improve the environment, and pledging $250,000 to Make-A-Wish, enabling the organization to grant 25 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions across the country.