Power 96.5 radio station will give away 1,200 backpacks


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Starting Thursday, Lansing’s hip-hop and R&B station Power 96.5, along with Communities in Schools of Michigan, will host a backpack to get kids ready for the school year.

Power 96.5 officials say it’s the biggest school giveaway in Central Michigan and they’ll be giving away 1,200 backpacks this year.

This is the 12th year of the giveaway, and the station is teaming up with sponsors across Michigan to make it all possible.

Sponsors include:

  • Delta Dental
  • jackson
  • Lansing Police Department
  • credit union
  • Lansing Kia
  • Lansing Community College
  • Sparkling ice cream
  • Penske Trucks
  • Chief Cart Golf Carts
  • Howie’s Hungry Pizza
  • Spartan Barricade

The giveaway will begin at 2 p.m. and will be set up drive-in style at the Don Johnson Field House.

Power 96.5 has been running the event drive-thru style since the pandemic. The station says this style has made the overall flow more efficient by getting people in and out faster.

Students from elementary to high school are invited to participate in the draw. Students will receive a free backpack and school supplies

Delta Dental helped fill the backpacks with a variety of items ranging from pencils and pens to notebooks and highlighters.

Items distributed will be tailored to specific age groups, so students have the specific supplies they need and that apply to their grade level.

“We were looking for a way to connect with the community and find a need and for Power 96.5 we knew a lot of our listeners were in Lansing proper and the Lansing School District and a long time ago there was a need backpacks and school supplies and we thought it was something that suited our audience and the community very well.

Scott Loomis, Operations Manager for Macdonald Broadcasting Power 96.5

Power 96.5 will be playing music throughout the event to get the kids excited for the school year.

The station says that with prices up nearly 15% this back-to-school season, they wanted to help provide kids with the supplies they need.

Many other organizations will hold back-to-school campaigns and giveaways in Lansing. You can find a full list below.

Power 96.5 Backpack

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 4 p.m.

Don Johnson Field House parking lot 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI 48912

Back to School BBQ and Backpack Gift

Saturday August 20, 2022, 1-4 p.m.

Church of the Tabernacle of David 2645 W. Holmes Rd. Lansing, MI 48911

Backpack and haircut

Saturday August 20, 2022, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Fledge 1300 Eureka Street Lansing, MI 48912

Back to School Backpack Discount

Saturday August 27, 2022, 1-3 p.m.

Lillian’s (Lansing Mall-Macy’s wing) 5746 W. Saginaw St. Lansing, MI 48917


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