Back-2-School Bash 2021

Last Updated: 5/26/2021 2:01 PM


ECS 2021 Back 2 School Bash:

The Elizabethton City Schools 2021 Back 2 School Bash will not be held this year.  However, we are still raising money for school supplies to be provided to students when they return to school for the 2021-2022 school year. The school system will order backpacks filled with school supplies from a school supplier, and a backpack averages about $16 each.  We need your help to provide backpacks for students of all ages.

Please consider giving local students the gift of confidence on the first day of school by sponsoring backpacks.

You can make your donation online below at the middle of the page

 or you can send a check to

ECS Central Office

Attention: Back 2 School Bash Donation

804 S. Watauga Ave.

Elizabethton, TN 37643


For more information, Contact Nicole Moore at (423)547- 8000 ext. 8210

Thank you for supporting the children in our community!



2019 - The 5th annual ECS Back-2-School Bash will feature 1,000 free backpacks full of school supplies, as well as inflatables, obstacle courses, lunch, giveawaPolice Chief Jason Shaw leads kids through the EPD Obstacle Coursey items, health and education resources and back to school information direct from principals and teachers. The event will be held at the Citizens Bank Stadium at Elizabethton High School or inside EHS if it rains. This free event is open to families in Elizabethton, Carter County, and the surrounding area.

The event is planned in partnership with Elizabethton City Schools, Carter County Health Department, and the Elizabethton Police Department. Each year, community support makes this possible with thousands in donations, thousands in attendance, and dozens of partners attending to share resources. This is a family-friendly event, but we ask that you leave your four-legged friends at home, unless they are certified service animals. You do not need to preregister for this event, and we typically have plenty of backpacks and supplies for all attendees. Thank you!

Event Sponsorsbackpacks

Each year, community sponsors make this event possible by donating more than $20,000 for the purchase of backpacks full of school supplies and inflatable rental, on top of donations of lunch and giveaway items for attendees. We order backpacks filled with school supplies from a school supplier, and they average about $16 each. Please consider giving local students the gift of confidence on the first day of school by sponsoring backpacks. Sponsors are recognized based on the donation amount, as outlined below.

  • Gold sponsors (50 + children / $1000+) receive recognition on a billboard, banner at event gate (provide your own 4' X 8' or smaller banner), news releases, promotional materials at the event, ECS website & social media.
  • Silver sponsors (32 + children / $640+) receive recognition on news releases, promotional materials at the event, ECS website & social media. 
  • Bronze sponsors (<16 children / <$320) receive recognition on promotional materials at event, ECS website & social media.

Donations in any amount are welcome and must be submitted by May 1, so that backpacks can be ordered. 

Click to Donate Online Now

With questions about sponsorship, please call 423-547-8000 ext. 8210

This event is organized by Elizabethton City Schools, East River Park Christian Church, Elizabethton Police Department, Carter County Health Department, and United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County.

2019 Gold Sponsors


Academy Sports

Calvary Baptist Church

Carter County Christian Men's Fellowship

Carter County Health Department

East River Park Christian Church

Elizabethton Police Department

Jenny Lea Academy

Johnson City Press

Northeast Community Credit Union


2019 Silver Sponsors

ECS Coordinated School Health

Food City

Ingles/ Starbucks


Rotary Club of Elizabethton

Tennessee Coordinated School Health 

2019 Bronze Sponsors

Alexander Insurance Agency

Burgie Drug Store

Citizens Bank

Richard and Donna Cain

Snap-on Tools

South Side Christian Church 

Stock Pot

WBEJ Radio


Resource Fair (spaces available)TCAT

We invite community organizations that provide health and educational resources to set up a table at the Back-2-School Bash. The purpose is to educate families about resources and activities, and there is no cost to participate. 

Apply Online Now!

Your application MUST BE APPROVED by the event planning committee, and you will be notified when it has been approved. Due to limited space in the stadium, tablespaces are limited to organizations providing services that sustain families throughout the school year (health, education, community service, and advocacy organizations, etc.) as well as businesses bringing school supplies to give away.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m., and you must be completely set up by 8:30 a.m. You must bring your own table, tent, and chairs, as these WILL NOT be provided. You may arrive as early as 7 a.m. to set up, and you will have a designated place to set up, so please check-in upon arrival. You MAY NOT bring food or drinks to distribute without prior approval.

2019 Resource Fair Organizations

Jenny Lea Academy Jones Chiropractic
Eliz. Counseling & Arts Center UT Agricultural Extension
Keep Carter County Beautiful Carter County Drug Prevention
ECC Public Library CHIPS Family Violence Shelter
NE Community Credit Union TennCare Kids Program
East TN State University King University
TN Voices for Children United Way
Milligan College Medical Care, PLLC
Chick-Fil-A Elizabethton Twins
East TN Youth Ballet & Academy Red Legacy Recovery
Olson's Martial Arts Aaron's
TRACES Foster Care and Adoption  

VolunteersERPCC volunteers

We depend on volunteers to oversee inflatables, serve food, provide directions and help set up. Many ECS staff members volunteer, but we still need folks to help with some stations. Call 423-547-8000 to learn how you can volunteer at the event.

Campaigning and at the event

Citizens who are running for public office may get involved with the event by sponsoring backpacks (and receiving recognition mentioned above) or by volunteering at the event and wearing their campaign T-shirt or hat. They may meet with people who are waiting in line outside the event gate, where they are welcome to hand out branded campaign items. They are NOT permitted to promote their political campaign inside the event, to have a table inside the event, or to give out branded items inside the event.