In alignment with their commitment to community engagement, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is holding its fourth annual Badges and Backpacks event presented by Banner Aetna.

The event provides students in Pima County with an all-inclusive event focused on equipping youth with a safe and healthy school year. Established in 2015 to provide students with the resources they need to be successful in school, this year’s Badges and Backpacks has been elevated to include a health fair, brought to you by El Rio Health, and extracurricular family and youth activities.

Badges and Backpacks is a valuable addition to the already 2,000 backpacks that will be filled with schools supplies. Each year, the event gets bigger and better, exceeding expectations.

*** Backpacks are available as first come, first served. The child must be present and enrolled in grades K-12. NO EXCEPTIONS. ***

Additional resources are planned for this year’s event:

Health Fair – Includes, but not limited to, immunizations, dental and vision screenings, on-site nurses and pediatricians, exercise activities, healthy snacks, and cooking demonstrations.

The Safety Station – Includes, but not limited to, fingerprinting, anti-drug task force, bicycle and helmet safety, stranger danger, and gun safety

Family Fun Activities & Promotions – Includes, but not limited to, fun reading, animal and desert activities, arts & crafts, giveaways, and raffles. Local recreation organizations will also provide on-site activities and resources for youth.

Parking for the exhibit hall will be free in Lot B, which is accessible from Granada Avenue, south of Congress Street and West of Interstate 10.

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