More than 2,000 people turned out for the Back to School Bash,held on Aug. 16, prior to the start of the new school year on Aug. 25.
“There were great speakers from different professions, such as school and law officials, politicians, probation officer, educational advisor, youth performers, educational vendors, lots of children and parents and grandparents and more,” said Sarah Burns, program manager with the Caraway Foundation, one of the organizations that put on the event. “Children and parents had a chance to speak and get information about college, medical, law, literacy, children organization, mentoring, safe acts, but most of all children received some school supplies, uniforms, and shoes if they needed them. Families were out spending time together, fellowshipping with friends they had not seen in awhile, children exercising by way of (running, dancing, walking), their mind was challenged with health questions, an estimation game, and learning that people are concerned and care about them and their future.”
Children from all grade levels, as young as 2 years of age to college, were provided with something for their age level and some things from the Anson County School supply list. A team of volunteers and community leaders helped orchestrate this event, including Kesler Chapel AME Zion Church, H.O.L.L.A!, County Commissioner and Faith-Based Center of Hope CEO Vancine Sturdivant, Anson County Sheriff-Elect Landric Reid, The Caraway Foundation and many others.
“We want to thank the great citizens here in Anson County for believing and supporting what this event was planned for: our TODAY, our TOMORROW, our CHILDREN,” Burns said.
The Caraway Foundation plans a Collegiate Preparedness Seminar in the near future. “We hope students will plan to attend to get helpful information about preparing for college,” Burns said.