McDonald’s to give out free backpacks Saturday to school-age children

With about a month before the new school year starts, the Stillwater and Oak Park Heights McDonald’s restaurants will help families start back-to-school efforts by giving away free backpacks to school-age children.

The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. The Oak Park Heights and Stillwater McDonald’s will distribute vouchers for free backpacks to the first 100 children accompanied by at least one parent. Twin Cities Co-op, the regional restaurant owner/operator group for McDonald’s, is organizing the event to help prepare students for a new school year.

Twin Cities Co-Op President and owner/operator Paul Ostergaard encourages families to arrive early at their local McDonald’s because the free offer is only good while voucher supplies last. When the participating restaurants run out of backpacks, children in line will be given a coupon, redeemable at a later date, for a free McDonald’s meal.

Ostergaard says “Backpack Saturday” is part of the Co-op’s continuing commitment to local education and school programs.

“We wanted to give parents something practical to help their children get organized for another school year,” Ostergaard said. “We feel the more prepared children are for school, the more likely they’ll succeed in the classroom, and we’re excited to do this for families in our communities.”

Vouchers for a total of 20,000 backpacks will be given away across Minnesota in roughly 190 restaurants.

Twin Cities Co-Op also sponsors the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award, Education Minnesota, Minnesota State High School League and Reading Rocks. More information and updates on “Backpack Saturday” can be found on Twin Cities Co-Op’s twitter, @McD_Minnesota and event hash tag, #BackpackSaturday.