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First Day Festival: Sunday, August 17th

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First Day Festival: Sunday, August 17th

CCSD First Day LogoThe City of Charleston, in partnership with Charleston County School District and other agencies, is hosting its annual “First Day Festival” on Sunday, August 17, 2008 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Liberty Square in front of the downtown Charleston Aquarium. The Festival, which promotes parent involvement in education, will offer free supplies, materials and other resources to help children succeed in school.

2008 marks the sixth year of the First Day Festival. Activities this year will include education exhibits, a tour of the South Carolina Aquarium, free school supplies (while they last), child safety and prevention information, face painting, Countdown to Kindergarten information, free food at the food court, fishing and other recreational activities, a misting tent, a tour of the Fort Sumter Museum, and much more.

Boys runningOne exciting new event will feature Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who will unveil the new First Day Festival logo. The Mayor’s Office asked students ages 5 to 15 to help create a new logo for the celebration in order to graphically illustrate the event and its mission. The top logos will be on display, and the winning logo will be used on materials for next year’s festival.

Tents at Frist Day FestivalInterested in how you can help make this event a success? Volunteers are needed and will assist with games, exhibits, boat rides, the food court, and much more! Two shifts are available between 9:00am and 4:30pm. In addition, basic school supplies will be handed out to every student who attends the festival. The Mayor’s Office is seeking donations of school supplies and financial contributions to offset the purchase of these items.

One-dollar parking is available at the Aquarium and Gaillard garages.

Welcome the beginning of the new school year by bringing your favorite CCSD student to the fun of this community celebration.

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