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August 12, 2010

CCSD's Partners Help Prepare for a Successful School Year!

Hands of ChristCharleston County School District (CCSD) students return to school on Wednesday, August 18.

Realizing that many families are struggling to juggle the expenses associated with going back-to-school, countless area businesses and non-profit organizations have worked to help ensure that all students have the services and tools they need to achieve during the 2010-2011 school year!

Hands of Christ, the Hootie Homegrown Roundup and Concert, and the First Day Festival are just three examples of the many partners and volunteers who exhibit an ongoing commitment to the children of Charleston County. 

Hands of Christ Uniform Distribution

Hands of Christ is a partnership of Presbyterian churches that distributes free elementary and middle school uniforms and school supplies to families in need in the tricounty area. The volunteers and business partners involved in this effort helped prepare 4,220 local students for the 2010-2011 school year!

Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup, Back 2 School Basics

Hootie's Homegrown RoundupOn Wednesday, August 11, 2010, CCSD's Community Education Department and Hootie & the Blowfish again teamed up to offer the Homegrown Roundup to assist children with back-to-school school supplies and services. Over the years, over 4,000 students from all over the district have received critical Back-To-School supplies and resources from the Roundup.

This year's event benefitted the students of the four elementary schools involved in the Charleston Promise Neighborhood initiative- Chicora, Mary Ford, Sanders-Clyde, and James Simons Elementary Schools. The Roundup provided each children with a bookbag, t-shirt, pair of shoes, haircut, dental exam, eye exam and school supplies. An additional six schools received a full school bus load of supplies that were donated at the band's concert that evening.

First Day Festival

Mayor Joseph Riley at the 2010 First Day FestivalOn Sunday, August 15, 2010, the City of Charleston again hosted the First Day Festival. This community-wide celebration of education and the beginning of a new school year allowed students, parents, and educators to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, free food and school supplies, and information on student support services. Attendees were able to visit the SC Aquarium and participate in many other exciting activities.

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