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July 27, 2011

Events & Community Partners Help CCSD Students Prepare for August 16

Charleston County School District (CCSD) schools and programs are actively preparing for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 16.

To ensure that students have the supplies, clothing, and materials they need, invaluable area partners are again stepping up with unending generosity. Below are just three examples of organizations offering events this week that will help equip children for success and make the 2011-2012 academic year the best yet!

8/9, 8/11, 8/12, & 8/13: Hands of Christ Uniform Distribution Events

Hands of ChristHands of Christ is a Presbyterian Church (USA) program that distributes free uniforms and school supplies to elementary and middle school students in need living in the tricounty area. CCSD students in Kindergarten through the eighth grade receive two uniforms and a bag of grade-appropriate school supplies.

Distribution events continue this week at the following Charleston County sites:

  • Tuesday, August 9 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant and
  • Thursday, August 11 at 5 p.m.; Friday, August 12 at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, August 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Ashley.

8/13: Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup, Back 2 School Basics

Hootie Homegrown RoundupHootie & the Blowfish and CCSD's Community Education Department have again joined together to offer a back-to-school program to assist children with school supplies and other items necessary to start the 2011‐2012 school year.

The program, Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup: Back to School Basics, will assist students attending Angel Oak, Mount Zion, CC Blaney, Edith Frierson, E.B. Ellington, Jane Edwards, Minnie Hughes, and St. James‐Santee Elementary Schools. The Roundup will be held at Burke High School from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2011.

The goal of the Roundup is to provide school age children with the essential supplies and services they need to start each school year ready to learn. Haircuts, dental exams, backpacks, shoes, and other essential back to school needs will be provided to students entering kindergarten through fifth grade and attending the participating schools.

8/14: First Day Festival

First Day FestivalOn Sunday, August 14, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the City of Charleston will again host the First Day Festival. This community-wide celebration allows students, parents, and educators to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, free food, school supplies, and information on student support services.

The First Day of School Initiative is a celebration of education. It is a national campaign meant to generate widespread community support for schools and excitement about beginning another year of learning. The success of the First Day of School Initiative is the result of collaborative partnerships and extraordinary community support. Key partners provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support for the First Day Festival which allows the City to host this event at no cost to families and children.

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