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Day of Action 2015

June 15, 2015

June 21, 2015, is Day of Action.

The sun will rise at 6:25 a.m. and set at 8:32 p.m., resulting in 14 hours, 6 minutes and 21 seconds of daylight. When the sun rises, you may find yourself making dad eggs and bacon for Father’s Day, fighting the bright light peering through the shades of your bedroom or perhaps getting up and going for your earliest run yet.

However this day begins, you will have more hours of daylight to accomplish something that will make a lasting positive difference than on any other day this year. We’re challenging you to help us make a big impact in education with the United Way Backpack Challenge.

Darion, an Achievers For Life mentee, received a backpack full of school supplies from last year's Backpack Challenge.
Darion, an Achievers For Life mentee, received a backpack full of school supplies from last year’s Backpack Challenge.

No matter how much potential a student has, it’s impossible to write an essay without pens and paper, to take a ScanTron test with no pencil or eraser and to keep organized without folders and a backpack. Still, this is the reality for hundreds of capable students in Northeast Florida.

On Day of Action 2015, United Way of Northeast Florida is officially kicking off our Backpack Challenge, a drive for our community to make sure students who need it most can go back to school with the supplies they need to succeed. Today through July 31, help us fill as many clear or mesh backpacks as possible with the school supplies listed here to donate to Achievers For Life schools or United Way Full Service Schools resource centers.

To help you celebrate Day of Action and the United Way Backpack Challenge, we’ve put together a suggested timeline of things you can do to make the most of this day:

6:25 a.m. Throw off the covers and hit the ground running.

6:38 a.m. Suddenly remember that it’s Father’s Day. (Did I get a card?!)

7:32 a.m. Make dad breakfast, give him a call or thank a father-figure in your life.

8:23 a.m. Write down a list of the school supplies you plan on purchasing for Day of Action. Scope out the Sunday paper for some coupons so you can stuff the backpack full!

10:02 a.m. Get to the beach early and enjoy some early rays (with SPF, of course).

11:32 a.m. Head to your nearest store to load up on school supplies.

12:46 p.m. Finish stuffing your cart full of pencils, pens, notebook paper, calculators, rulers, dividers, hand sanitizer, glue sticks and index cards and check out.

12:50 p.m. Grab a healthy lunch (you’re not even halfway through the day!)

1:49 p.m. Take a nap. Do some chores. Call an old friend.

3:05 p.m. Stuff your backpack full of supplies and tweet a picture to @unitedwaynefl with #DayofAction. Share it on all your social media and encourage others to get involved.

4:46 p.m. Head out to your nearest Mellow Mushroom or Latitude 360 to drop off your supplies and have a great time!

6:21 p.m. Unwind with family and your favorite Sunday sitcom. Talk about the importance of supporting education in our community through volunteering with ReadingPals and Achievers For Life.

7:03 p.m. Take a walk on the beach with family or friends and enjoy the last moments of the longest day of the year.

8:32 p.m. Say goodbye to the sun, and get a good night’s rest. You had a day full of action.