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Saturday august 19, 2017 marks the start of one of the biggest back to school events of the year with the return of the 'Build Your Backpack' campaign. for the 7th year, Z95.5 Radio and Fidelis care will team up to provide free backpacks and school supplies to area students and families. This year, z95.5 will give the community five opportunities to get stocked up on supplies beginning august 19th at the walmart in ithaca.

"This campaign has become a landmark event in the Ithaca area," says Z95.5 Brand Manager and host of The Morning Buzz, Gabe Carrillo, "Year after year it's been rewarding to see the hard work of our stations and community sponsors. We are proud to be able to help families with the rising costs during back to school time." Promotion Director of the Cayuga Radio Group, Jake Davis added, "It speak volumes about sponsors like Fidelis Care. They continue to show tremendous commitment to our youth, and I cannot thank them enough for their involvement."

Carrillo said that the radio station loves putting on the "Build Your Backpack" program. "It is paramount that we not only serve our community as a source of entertainment and information, but also be an organization comprised of people who are genuinely committed to helping those we serve in real, impactful ways." Carrillo adds that, "Students and families have a lot on their plate in 2017. Being able to help with classroom preparedness is something we take pride in because every student should have the opportunity to be successful."

This year, one hundred backpacks filled with supplies will be distributed at the kick-off event from 11-12p at the Walmart in Ithaca. Z95.5 will be at Guthrie Health and CFCU Community Credit Union in Cortland to distribute fifty bags at each stop to the community.