Back-to-school events in Kern County

July 21, 2023 /

The new school year is approaching, and it’s time to start preparing. Several organizations are taking a step to make this process easier for families. 

Kern County Child Support Services has already hosted a few events but will host three more in Buttonwillow, Ridgecrest, and McFarland. Buttonwillow and McFarland’s giveaways are in partnership with the Kern County Libray. 


Monday, July 24th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Buttonwillow Branch Library.


This will be a drive-thru giveaway at Leroy Jackson Park Thursday, July 27th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.. The flyer states to enter from French Ave. at La Mirage Ln. 


Friday, July 28th, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. at the McFarland Branch Libray. 

Additional events from other organizations can be found below. 

July 22nd 

United against Covid Coaliton 

There will be a vaccine clinic at McFarland Parks and Recreation from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members will be able to come out and get vaccinated against COIVD and school supplies. Along with vaccines and school supplies, the coalition will be giving a $100 gift card to anyone who gets vaccinated. 

July 24th

Bakersfield Adult School, Telemundo, and Kern County Library 

Starting at 11:00 a.m., community members can go to the Kern County Library to get a free backpack. According to the flyer, you must be present to receive the backpack. The Kern County Libray Facebook states that over 200 backpacks will be given away on a first-come, first serve basis. 

August 13th

NAACP and Wendale Davis Foundation

This back-to-school event offers a mixture of supplies, haircuts, and fun. The event will be held at Bakersfield High School at 3:00 p.m. Community members can pitch in by donating backpacks, notebooks, binders, new and gently used books, and any other school supplies. Donations can be taken to:

  • Nikki Beauty Supply
    • 3767 Ming Ave. #B
  • Beauty Connections
    • 324 Oak St. #E
  • Milian Institute
    • 2822 F St. 

CAPK, Community Interventions, and Vintage Cutz

Free backpacks, school supplies, and haircuts will be available at the Friendship House Community Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For those wanting to donate to the event, you can visit the CAPK website

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JaNell Gore

Ja'Nell Gore is a student at Cal State Bakersfield. In addition to writing for Kern Sol News she is a poet who loves any chance she has to perform and be with her community.