Students receive free school supplies at Back To School event

Published 4:37 pm Monday, August 7, 2023

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For the 19th year, students going back to school or to school for the first time got a little help with school supplies.

Albemarle Parks and Recreation hosted the 19th Annual Back to School event at the E.E. Waddell Center Aug. 2.

Students who will be in kindergarten through ninth grade starting Wednesday received pencils, crayons, rulers, paper, folders and backpacks.

Waddell Center director Billy McRae said the event has grown over the years, from 75 to upwards of 200 children receiving free school supplies.

Niko Lee checks out a table of free books at the event. (Photos by CHARLES CURCIO/staff)

“This is something that kind of helps the community and is a community effort where everyone’s buying into it from different banks, from the different churches in the community,” McRae said. “The theme this year was ‘Rise and Shine’ as to kids rising and going out there and shine during the year.”

McRae said he hoped students getting supplies would be “getting a good start to the beginning of the school year.”

Albemarle Police Chief Jason Bollhorst and several officers assisted in the efforts to give out supplies and books as well as hot dogs fresh off the grill.

Students also got to play games like shooting soccer balls at a goal defended by AP&R’s Oliver Webster. Free snow cones were also available for everyone in attendance.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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