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Prudential Network Realty participates in 12th annual Backpack Challenge

Prudential Network Realty is asking everyone to take the challenge—the Backpack Challenge. The Jacksonville real estate firm and Prudential Financial’s Community Volunteer Council are participating in the 12th annual Backpack Challenge. The company is collecting backpacks and school supplies for foster children at all area Prudential Network Realty offices through Wednesday, Aug. 10.

“Imagine having to leave behind everything that is familiar— home, school, friends, even siblings. This is a reality for foster children,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate, Prudential Network Realty. “Having their own backpack, filled with school supplies, is one way these children can feel a sense of pride of ownership. We want to give hope to these children.”

Last year, Prudential Network Realty team members gathered more than 200 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies. This year, the company has set a goal of gathering even more for foster children from kindergarten to high school.

Backpacks and supplies may be dropped off at the following Prudential Network Realty office locations:

•4190 Belfort Road, Suite 475, Jacksonville

•3627 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville

•11567 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville

•375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach

•3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island

•1000 Sawgrass Village Drive, Suite 101, Ponte Vedra Beach

•112 SeaGrove Main St., Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach

Backpacks should be labeled by gender and grade. The company is collecting backpacks for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Suggested school supply items to fill the backpacks include lined paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, crayons, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil bag or box, rulers, glue sticks, blunt scissors, folders, three-ring binders, one-subject spiral notebooks, colored pencils or markers and construction paper.

Additional items that would be appreciated include stuffed animals or toys, baseball caps and socks, tissues, compass/protractor, water colors, white glue, activity/sticker books, journals and index cards.

“We want to encourage everyone to purchase a backpack and fill it with school supplies for a foster child,” Budnick said. “Together, we can make a difference.”

A Backpack Challenge Shopping List is available at Prudential Network Realty office locations and online at

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