Back-2-School Bash

Police Chief Jason Shaw leads kids through the EPD Obstacle Course

The 2nd annual ECS Back-2-School Bash will feature 1,000 free backpacks full of school supplies, inflatables, obstacle courses, lunch, a police dog demo, giveaway items, health and education resources and back to school information direct from principals and teachers. The entire event is free and will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Bank Stadium.

The event is planned in partnership with East River Park Christian Church, Carter County Health Department, and the Elizabethton Police Department. Last year, more than 40 sponsors and organizations came together to make it a huge success with more than 3,000 in attendance. 



The Bash depends entirely on community support. Last year, the community donated more than $20,000 in backpack sponsorship, food and services. This year, we are seeking $20,000 for backpacks alone, so we can give away a total of 1,000 backpacks - 200 more than last year. We order backpacks through a school supplier, and they average about $16 each. Please speak with your church leaders or coworkers and consider supporting this important cause. Supporting students with school supplies is supporting them with the gift of confidence on the first day of school. 

1 = $16

10 = $160

50 = $800

100 = $1,600

Sponsors have begun to donate to support the 2017 event. Donations must be submitted by July 1, so that backpacks can be ordered. Sponsors will be recognized in print, online and on social media. They will also receive Proud Sponsor window clings for their business or church. With questions about sponsorship, please email or call 547-8000. Feel free to share the Back-2-School Bash Flyer at your places of business and worship as well.

2017 Sponsors

East River Park Christian Church
Calvary Baptist Church
LifeCare of Elizabethton
Immanuel Baptist Church
Johnson City Press
Sycamore Shoals Hospital
Elizabethton Star
Northeast Community Credit Union
Elizabethton Collision Center
Elizabethton Kiwanis Club
First Assist Urgent Care & Medworks Elizabethton
Big John's Closeouts
Precision Electric
Physical Therapy Services, P. A.

Carter County Bank
Snap-On Tools
Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition
Citizens Bank
St. Tomas Episcopal
Douglas Alumni Association
UPS Store of Elizabethton
Farm Supply Store
Tetrick Funeral Home
Lions Club of Elizabethton
Burgie Drugs
Birchfield Real Estate & Auction
Alexander Insurance Agency
Jessica Markland 2018 Register of Deeds
The Coffee Company

2016 Sponsors

East River Park Christian Church
Calvary Baptist Church
Southside Christian Church
First Baptist Church of Elizabethton
Elizabethton Police Department
Tetrick Funeral Home
Immanuel Baptist Church
Grace Baptist Church
Elizabethton Star
WBEJ Radio
Highlands Fellowship
Tom Weems Architects
West Side Christian Church
Champion Chevrolet
Carter County Bank
Valley Forge Free Will Baptist
Salon B
Central Community Church
Elizabethton Federal
Happy  Valley Credit Union
Family Eye Care Center
Oak Street Baptist Church
First Christian Church
Pathfinders II Class
Dr. Robert Sams
Alexander Insurance Agency
Ninety & Nine Men's Class
Faith Sunday School Class
Andrew McKeehan
Jessica Markland
Kenneth & Edrie Bristol
Dr. Jack Holly


Community Partners

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 available to them in Carter County, and there is no cost to participate. We are currently seeking hair stylists who can give free haircuts at the Bash, which was popular last year. Those interested should email to secure a booth. Organizations setting up booths may arrive as early as 8 a.m. to set up, and we ask that you have everything set up by 9:30 a.m.

2017 Partners

Carter County Health Department
Northeast State Community College
East Tennessee State University
Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton
Milligan College
Jenny Lea Academy
UT Agriculture Extension Carter County
Elizabethton Twins
Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library
Carter County Imagination Library
Sycamore Shoals Hospital

Ollie Otter (Seatbelt Safety)
Free & Clear Tennessee
Community Advisory Board
United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County
Tennessee Voices for Children
Frontier Health
Regional Intervention Program
Hale Community Ministries
Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County
Marsh Regional Blood Center
Youth Villages


2016 Partners

Carter County Health Department
Carter County Imagination Library
Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County
CHIPS Family Violence Shelter
Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library
Frontier Health
Elizabethton Housing & Development Agency
Milligan College
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
at Elizabethton
Northeast State Community College
Sycamore Shoals Hospital
Regional Intervention Program
Northeast Community Credit Union
Elizabethton Twins


ERPCC volunteers


We depend on volunteers to oversee inflatables, serve food, provide directions and help setup. Many ECS staff members volunteer, but we still need folks to help with some stations. Contact to learn how you can volunteer at the event.