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The first day of school is just around the corner and that means it’s time to stock up on supplies. Whether you’re looking for free backpacks, want to donate to needy families, or just want a tax break, here’s a round-up of events across the county —including one for teachers.

Tax-free school supply shopping

Friday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, Aug. 6

What: Shoppers can buy school supplies without paying state sales tax. Eligible items include clothing and shoes that cost $60 or less; certain school supplies under $15 each; and computers, tablets and computer-related accessories including printers and headphones that cost $750 or less. Binders, calculators, transparent tape, colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, lunch boxes, notebook paper and scissors can all be purchased tax-free.

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Free school supplies for needy families

Sunday, Aug. 6

What: Toys for Kids Miami is giving away school supplies, fresh food and 3,000 backpacks at a free event that includes games and music. Representatives from local universities will also be there to give students information about college scholarships.

Where: 10181 NW 58th Street in Doral

When: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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A teacher shops for school supplies at The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials.

Courtesy of The Education Fund

Saturday, Aug. 12

What: Florida Technical College is hosting a free backpack and school supply giveaway. Kids can get their fingerprints taken by Miami-Dade police and family members of all ages can get their vital signs checked.

Where: Southland Mall at 20505 S. Dixie Hwy.

When: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

More information at: 786-405-1100

What: Project Ready For School is giving away school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, socks, underwear and books. The event includes activities for kids and information for families from The Children’s Trust. Each family will also get a bag of food from Feeding South Florida.

Where: Frances S. Tucker Elementary in Coconut Grove at 3500 Douglas Rd.

When: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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What: Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade® is giving away hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to the families of wounded soldiers as well as active-duty, Guard and Reserve military personnel. Families need to register at by Aug. 10 in order to qualify.

Where: Events will be held at Williams Army Reserve Center in Miami and at Homestead Air Reserve Base

When: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Want to donate? Shoppers can buy and donate school supplies to the Back-to-School Brigade®at any Dollar Tree store through Aug. 10.

Saturday, Sept. 9

What: The Children’s Trust is hosting its annual Family Expo, a free event featuring booths with information about after-school activities, low-cost health insurance, nutrition and services for children with special needs. Kids will also get free school supplies and backpacks and can enjoy face painting, magicians and other entertainment.

Where: Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Center (access to the fairgrounds is off Coral Way on both 112th and 109th Avenues)

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Supplies for teachers

What: Teachers can stock up on supplies at The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, a free school supply warehouse. Teachers need to sign up online to schedule a visit. Art teachers can participate in workshops to get ideas on how to use the materials from the warehouse in their lessons.

More information at: 305-558-4544 and

Donate to needy families

What: The Doral Chamber of Commerce is hosting a backpack and school supply drive.

Where: Drop off school supplies at any Doral TotalBank.

When: Supplies will be collected until Aug. 10. A final collection day celebration with food and drinks will be held on Aug. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 9690 NW 41st Street in Doral.

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What: Branches is hosting a fundraiser to pay for school supplies for low-income families who participate in the organization’s youth programs. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Admission includes food and drinks. Guests will have the opportunity to put together a backpack and write a note of encouragement for a student.

Where: The Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables at 5555 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

When: Thursday, Aug. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm.

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