Church to hold annual ‘Blessing of the Backpacks’ event

School has started, and just as it’s done in past years, Faith United Methodist Church will hold an annual event to help kids prepare for the new year.

The 4th Annual Blessing of the Backpacks and Community Picnic will be held this Labor Day Sunday, September 2, from 4-7 p.m. at a new location, the Faith Church grounds behind Bellefonte Area High School at 512 Hughes St.

At the picnic, school-aged children will receive free school supplies and a gift certificate for school clothes and shoes, plus free dental exams and haircuts.

Families are invited to participate in games and the picnic. Hot dogs, baked beans, ice cream sundaes and other picnic foods will be available.

Volunteers from Faith Church, Bellefonte Elks Lodge and FaithCentre are coordinating the event and providing supplies.

Questions? Send emails to or call 814-355-3358.


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