BERLIN — The Verizon Wireless Zone store on Glen Avenue participated in the “Round Room” eighth annual “School Rocks” backpack giveaway last Sunday, with staff handing out backpacks filled with school supplies to children in a line of vehicles from the front of the store that afternoon.
Round Rocks LLS is the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless authorized retailer.
The Poulin franchise purchased 1,000 backpacks to be given to children in four of its seven locations.
The stores are a franchise owned by David Poulin who was recently awarded businessman of the year by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of conference at its annual dinner.
The backpacks were distributed at stores in Berlin, Ossipee, Lancaster and Mexico, Maine.
The Berlin store last Sunday gave away 200 plus backpacks to local students. The backpacks contained pencils, paper, notebooks and glue sticks and other items.
George McDonough, assistant manager at the Berlin store, said “We distributed 50 bags a few years ago and they were gone in five minutes. This year the student must be present to receive a backpack. Any student is eligible, elementary, high school or college.”
“It is our way of giving back to the community,” said Bethany Poulin, operations manager. “We hope this helps,” she added.
In addition to the backpacks, Wireless Zone stores nation wide will be offering four $10,000 college scholarships.
Children in kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible to sign up at their local stores from July 24-31.
McDonough, Poulin and store associates Amanda Chevarie and Brandon Poulin distributed the backpacks at the Glen Avenue store.