‘Battle of the Backpacks’ returns, funds help provide educational enhancements at DCPS

The Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools is bringing back their annual “Battle of the Backpacks” this Saturday after a two-year hiatus. Funds raised from the event support the foundation’s mission to remove barriers to education for DCPS students and provide educational enhancements that are not available through tax dollars.

A limited number of tickets are available here.

The event begins with a 5 pm cocktail hour featuring “Three-Hole-Punch” and appetizers before launching into a “nostalgic return to favorite memories of your school-days.” Attendees can walk to “school” or take the school bus from the parking lot to the venue, where they will be greeted by high school mascots and music.

Principal Dr. Tricia Murphy will begin the “School Day” at 6 pm with announcements. A school lunch will be served for dinner, including gourmet square pizza, corn, salad, and chocolate mousse (by local chef Matt Weafer) served on school lunch trays.

The event also includes a variety of bourbon that can be bid on with a bourbon pull, an art class with local artist Aaron Kizer, class pictures, and games.

Questions may be directed to Foundation Executive Director Vicki Quisenberry at [email protected] or 270-231-5583.

The title sponsor for the fundraiser is Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, with community support from other sponsors.

The Foundation’s mission is to alleviate barriers to education for students and to provide educational enhancements. Over the past few months, the Foundation has provided funding for large and small district needs. A small sampling of projects is as follows:

  • $12,000 for two vision machines that will allow for vision screening for every pre-school and elementary student in the district in partnership with local eye care professionals and the Lion’s Club
  • $10,000 title sponsorship of the DCPS Mental Health Summit in August
  • $17,500 to support the DCPS Grow-Your-Own-Teacher program
  • $25,000 for DCPS police vehicles
  • $1,000 for new physical education equipment at Southern Oaks Elementary School
  • Bottled water for Migrant Camp kids for the bus trip home during heat wave
  • Working with local businesses to support robotics teams at Apollo & Country Heights

The Foundation is always accepting donations to benefit students. Donations can be made online here or in person at 2625 Frederica Street – Suite 2A. Checks can be mailed to

Foundation for DCPS

Attn: Ms. Sarah Mattingly, Treasurer

PO Box 21510

Owensboro, KY 42304

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