• Employee Diego Bouzada, left, gives a blue backpack away during a Verizon Wireless Zone backpack giveaway at Verizon's Canal Street location in Stamford, Conn. on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Photo: Michael Cummo / Hearst Connecticut Media / Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — Jacob Alcantara, 9, of Stamford said he is looking forward to math when he starts the fifth grade in September.

“I like math because every teacher I have for math makes it fun,” Alcantara said.

On Sunday, Alcantara picked out a new blue backpack at Verizon Harbor Point stuffed with supplies, including pencils, loose leaf paper, a notebook and a ruler.

“I’m really happy with my bag and excited for school,” Alcantara said. “My backpack from last year is beat up.”

He was one of about 100 area school children from the ages of 4 to 15 filed into the Verizon Harbor Point store off Canal Street to take their pick of 100 new school backpacks filled with supplies. The giveaway was part of the TCC School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, an annual partnership between 1,000 participating TCC Verizon and Wireless Zone stores and Culture of Good, which distributes donated backpacks nationwide.

In less than an hour, only a half dozen book bags were left.

“This is a big help to us,” said Robson Oliviera, a 40-year-old former Stamford resident whose two children ages 10 and 4 got…