National School Backpack Awareness Day takes place annually on the third Wednesday of September—which this year occurs on September 16.

Backpack Day is a great opportunity to showcase occupational therapy services in your community, say the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md.

In past years, AOTA has encouraged members to host backpack weighing events at local schools. This year the organization aims to broaden the event and activities to include "packs" throughout the lifespan—from school backpacks and purses to briefcases and suitcases.

AOTA plans to offer materials to help OTs launch their own events. Those who intend to hold an event this year are encouraged to fill out this form and return it to [email protected]. You can also share information with your colleagues by joining the Backpack Forum on OT Connections.

[Source: AOTA]