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Verizon Gave Out Free Backpacks Filled With School Supplies on July 30, 2023

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What’s better than a backpack full of school supplies? Winning one in a free backpack giveaway that costs nothing to enter! Every year, participating Verizon Wireless Zone and TCC stores (Verizon authorized retailers) host a Verizon Free Backpack Giveaway in mid-summer.

This year, Verizon hosted their annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 1 p.m. local time. (This is the 11th year Verizon was hosting this event). There are just a couple of things to know about the event so you know what to expect in 2024.

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What is the Verizon Free Backpack Giveaway?

verizon backpacks lined up on a table inside of a verizon store

The Verizon Backpack Giveaway is an annual event held at TCC and Wireless Zone stores (Verizon Authorized Retailers) around the U.S. to help reduce some of the financial burdens of back-to-school expenses, which, according to a National Retail Foundation survey, cost an average of $864. In 2023, the 11th giveaway, Verizon handed out 130,000 backpacks on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last at over 1,000 locations on Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 1-4 local time. We will let you know when the 2024 backpack giveaway will happen.


What school supplies do you get in the School Rocks Backpack?

a hand holding up a backpack and school supplies from verizon

Each free backpack in 2023 had a variety of school supplies that are similar to Verizon’s past backpack giveaways; folders, paper, pencils, a ruler, a pencil box, and a gluestick. Backpacks contents did vary at the location I went to on July 30, 2023.

Related: Amazon has a ton of school supplies on sale now with deals from $0.63!


How do I find a Verizon Backpack Giveaway event happening near me?

person on laptop with screenshot of wireless zone stores participating in verizon backpack giveaway

In 2023, 1,162 stores participated n the Verizon Backpack Giveaway on Sunday, July 30, 2023, from 1 – 4 p.m. (local time). To find your nearest giveaway event, you could’ve visited Wireless Zone and TCC websites to find participating locations.

TIP: The free backpacks go fast, so we recommend alwways getting to your local store early.


Read the fine details for the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

verizon backpacks inside of a verizon store

Like every other giveaway, there are some fine details. Although there are only two for the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, be sure to read them so that you don’t lose out.

  • Limit of one backpack per child
  • Your child must be present to get a free backpack


Register your child to win a $10,000 college scholarship at the backpack giveaway.

While at the Verizon School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, sign your child up to win one of five $10,000 scholarships. Students K – 12 are eligible, and the winners are selected at random.

TIP: Did you know there’s free money available for school thanks to several weird college scholarships nobody applies for.


Other Ways to Get Free or Cheap School Supplies

A walmart back-to-school clearance shelf filled with school supplies in store

If you missed the giveaway, check out these other ways you can get cheap or free school supplies for the upcoming school year.

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