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Second Annual Back to School Festival Held Aug. 9

by Madison Fisler Lewis

Aug. 6, 2014. The second annual Watauga County Back to School Festival will be held on Aug. 9, to help Watauga County School children get ready for the first day of school.

From a press release:

The Back 2 School Festival seeks to streamline Watauga County School readiness efforts in order to have greater impact on the community. It is designed to help relieve any family struggling to afford the high costs of back to school shopping, giving each child the much-needed boost of confidence to succeed in the coming school year and to help teachers equip their classrooms for a year of learning. 

imgresThe festival, which is a joint effort between Quiet Givers, The Children’s Council, Western Youth Network, Hospitality House, Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, Appalachian District Health Department and Watauga County Schools will take place at the Watauga County High School Gym from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a special hour held for children with special needs from 9-10 a.m.

The festival relies heavily on the “Pack the Bus” initiative, where community members donated school supplies to “pack the bus” that was parked outside of Yadkin Valley Bank until Aug. 5.

But just because the bus is gone doesn’t mean you can’t still donate items for the cause. There are now collection bins placed throughout Watauga County to make donation drop offs easier for those wishing to help. Collection bins are available at Footsloggers (Boone and Blowing Rock locations), Sweet Frog, Boone Mall, Boone Police Department, Bluebird Exchange, The Children’s Playhouse, Tar Heel Basements, Food Lion, Van Huesen, Mary’s Montessori School, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Boone Unitarian Universalist, Walgreens, Stickboy Bakery and all Boone Drug Locations.

While offering free backpacks and school supplies for children in need, the festival will also provide professional haircuts, shoes courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet, book giveaways, fun activities for the kids and a healthy lunch courtesy of Hospitality House and EarthFare.

Last year’s event served more than 500 children in need. This year, the number is expected to double.

For more information about this event or to register your child, click here.