Mission 500, Security Industry Volunteers to Host ‘Back to School Backpack Blast’

Sponsored by COPS Monitoring, the charitable event will distribute hundreds of backpacks filled with essential school supplies to needy children.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — As students prepare to return to school here following summer break, Mission 500 and a number of security companies will host the annual “Back to School Backpack Blast” to provide school supplies to needy children.

The charitable effort, sponsored by COPS Monitoring, will take place Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Crosspointe Elementary School.

Employees from various security industry companies gathered Aug. 10 to assist in assembling 600 backpacks filled with essential school supplies. With additional support from the Latin American Security Association (ALAS), the event will give the sponsoring companies and industry volunteers an opportunity to meet and interact with the students.

“The school supplies programs are a great example of what industry teams and our sponsoring partners can accomplish together,” says Jeff Eichenlaub, director of strategic partnerships, Mission 500. “The security industry is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in crisis, and we are grateful for all the support we’ve received to help us pursue that goal. We appreciate COPS leading the way as a primary sponsor for three years, demonstrating long-term commitment to the students.”

With a goal of positively affecting its community in a lasting way, Eichenlaub continues, the backpacks will also go home with a note to parents and guardians announcing employment opportunities at COPS Monitoring’s Boca Raton monitoring station.

“Ensuring that children have the supplies they need for school removes one more potential barrier to learning,” says Courtney Roper, parent liaison at Crosspointe Elementary School. “The teams from Mission 500 treat all of our children with respect, and it is a pleasure to see their excitement first hand.”

For more information on how other security industry professionals and organizations can assist, contact Eichenlaub at [email protected] or call (631) 219-8728.

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